HR as a Strategic Business Partner: Challenges and Opportunities

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Several studies in the field of HRM concentrate on the importance of HRBP to the business performance. This research focuses on the relationship between achieving HRBP and its challenges in a UAE medical organisation. The quantitative based approach was used to research the problem through collecting data from HR professionals, senior managers, line managers and medical professionals working in a medical UAE based organisation. The study has used a self-administered questionnaire to examine the relationship between variables. The questionnaire was adapted from previous research findings, Human resource-role assessment survey by Ulrich & Conner (1996) and Ulrich HRBP model (1997). The survey was sent by emails to 342 employees and out of them 259 completed the survey. Cronbach’s alpha correlation and 2-tailed significance tests were employed to examine the hypothesised relationships. The results show that there is an empirical evidence of statistical relationship between the HRM practices synergy and HRBP performance. In addition, a positive relationship between HR business partners’ role understanding and HRBP performance is detected. HRPs’ business knowledge shows a significant relation to HRBP performance as well. The last finding indicates a significant relationship between the management support and HRBP performance. The new findings of this research stand as a new gadget for a competitive advantage to apply HRBP in any organisation and an annexure to the HRBP literature.
HRBP performance, business knowledge, strategic business partner