n Journal of Public Administration - The use of a performance management system to ensure an integrated approach to human resource development

Volume 38, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This article proposes an integrated approach to facilitate human resource development. An appropriate performance management system is a suitable mechanism to promote an integrated approach to human resource management. The process and implementation of current performance management systems in the Public Service, is described and attention is paid to the importance of providing incentives and rewards for effective and efficient performance. Training and development could be used as incentives, although the strategic link between organisational effectiveness and individual satisfaction, has to be made abundantly clear. This article also revisits some of the definitions and proponents of human resource development and offers a more holistic view to human resource development in the Public Service. The application of an integrated approach in, specifically the learning organisation is discussed and some of the more important management tools for the implementation of a learning organisation, is described. The article concludes with the principle that current human resource development initiatives should not be in vain, but without a strategic intent to develop, the development will not achieve organisational effectiveness.

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