The first-ever Human Resources Management (HRM) Symposium hosted by the Faculty of Management Sciences, in collaboration with North West University (South Africa) and Tilburg University (The Netherlands), was held on campus successfully. The theme of the symposium was: ‘Role of HR Practitioners in Mitigating Nations Turbulence Amidst Global Economic Challenges.’
The event witnessed the participation and attendance of academics, students and Industry practitioners as well as representatives of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. The symposium was chaired by renowned professors in the HRM field from Tilburg University, Netherlands and Northwest University, South Africa. Marius Meyer, CEO of South Africa Board of People Practices (SABPP) also gave a presentation.
Different HR practitioners from academia and Industry presented stimulating topics in the discipline. Critical HR discourses during the event focused on the impact of economic hardships on organisations, with a particular focus on the behaviour, attitude, engagement, commitment and satisfaction of employees. Service delivery, business competitiveness, as well employer/employee relations were other focal points. More than 50 participants attended the event.
There are plans to host the symposium on an annual basis with more participation from local and international stakeholders.