Human Resources Management Skills Needed by Organizations

  • Maria José SousaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


This article analyses the concept of skills and also investigates the skills needed by organizations in Human Resources as a strategic area. The relevance of \purpose is to identify the skills to be developed in Human Resources Courses in Higher Education. The skills needed by the organizations were identified through document analysis based on prospective studies developed in industry between 2011 and 2014. The research problem considered the analytical dimension of skills development in organizations anchored to the following research questions: What are the skills needed to be developed in Higher Education Courses to transform the Human Resources function strategic for organizations? This study is centred on the research of more relevant skills which can contribute to transform the Human Resources function strategic for organizations contributing for the improvement of their performance and competitiveness in the market.


Skills Organizations Higher education Human resources management Human resources development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIEOAlgarve UniversityFaroPortugal
  2. 2.Universidade EuropeiaLisboaPortugal

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