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A role that can be adopted by a manager who is primarily responsible for personnel/human resources. Advisers act as internal consultants to other managers by providing strategic direction on the management of human resources. This strategic focus means they are less concerned with day-to-day personnel issues, and have passed on responsibility for this to line managers (see devolution). The term ‘adviser’ was coined by management theorist, John Storey, to describe one of four potential styles of managing human resources (the others being changemaker, handmaiden, and regulator).

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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