A manager who specializes in the field of personnel management. Personnel managers are one of the primary management groups within UK business and have their own professional organization, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The jobs of personnel managers are highly variable and researchers who have examined the profession have identified a number of different types, including the architect model, the clerk of works model, and the contracts manager model. A large percentage of personnel managers are female and the occupation continues to provide the main channel into managerial work for women. However, as in other female-dominated occupations, men are disproportionately likely to occupy senior personnel posts and those that involve direct negotiations with trade unions. Studies have indicated that personnel management is often regarded as a rather marginal function by other managers and the profession of personnel management suffers from something of an inferiority complex, concerned about the extent to which it influences strategic management within organizations. An indicator of the status and influence of personnel managers that has been used by researchers is whether or not there is a personnel director on the main board of the company. [See big hat, no cattle, handmaiden, human resource manager, strategic integration, and trash can activity.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.