Human Resource Management
Both articles under consideration, i.e. New Approaches of the Concepts of Human Resources, Human Resource Management and Strategic Human Resource Management by A.I. Munteanu and Human Resource Management from Function to Strategic Partner by R. Todericiu and A. Serban, are credible and useful sources of information relating to human resource management in the contemporary corporate world. Although the authors of the two writings try to present a concise and valuable synthesis of theoretical materials on the issues raised, besides strengths, the articles have some shortcomings that may hinder comprehension of the presented information. The current paper is a comparison of the two articles with special emphasis on their structural segmentation, content, and compliance of intended goals with results.
Both articles have clear segmentation in terms of structure. The authors manage to put much information into the limited amount of pages. However, the article by A.I. Munteanu seems to be less thought through than the article by R. Todericiu and A. Serban. The former attempts to squeeze a rather vast scope of information into several pages, which has a detrimental effect on the extent of coverage of the issues discussed. The other articles obvious strength is that it focuses more on the topic of strategic human resource management than on the overview of many concepts pertaining to the topic of human resource management. Besides, the article entitled New Approaches of the Concepts of Human Resources, Human Resource Management and Strategic Human Resource Management contains many grammar errors that, though being justifiable to some extent, still partially hinder comprehension of the presented information. In the article entitled Human Resource Management from Function to Strategic Partner, the mode of material presentation seems to be more coherent than in the former work. Furthermore, the second article is cohesive and all its parts are interconnected tightly and smoothly, which certainly facilitates understanding and promotes interest in the content.
The authors of both articles initially state their intention and the mode they choose to implement the set goals. Hence, A. I. Munteanu claims that she strives to present a purely theoretical analysis of the concepts like human resources, human resource management, and strategic human resource management (Munteanu, 2013, p. 1520). In turn, R. Todericiu and A. Serban aim at presenting the current research state in the field of strategic human resource management via using the methodology of bibliographic study and qualitative research (Todericiu & Serban, 2013, p. 631). Both articles succeed in achieving the intended goals to some extent, though there are certain shortcomings in this respect. For instance, A. I. Munteanu seems to be haphazard and not meticulous enough when presenting the synthesis of the sources she finds relevant. On the one hand, this shortcoming may be viewed as a limitation of the study justified by a small number of pages and the necessity to provide much information within this constrained space. Besides, the authors obvious strength is that she manages to point out and underline only the most essential findings of other researches within the topic discussed, hence offering readers to continue investigating recommended sources on their own. On the other hand, readers have to spend a considerable amount of time on finding out who wrote and formulated certain thoughts, and it is mostly up to them to build logical connections between the findings of different studies. At the same time, the article by R. Todericiu and A. Serban succeeds in terms of the bibliographic study as it presents a valid overview of key literature sources relating to the issue of strategic human resource management, along with the comments and opinions of the authors of the article under consideration. However, the authors seem to fail in terms of a qualitative research as the article is based upon purely theoretical findings and, although it offers insights of the authors into the topic, such summary of other peoples ideas intermingled with some personal conclusions may hardly be deemed a truly qualitative study.
With respect to content, both articles sufficiently cover the topics raised and manage to present the main concepts in a way that would be comprehensible to everyone, including non-professionals in the field of human resource management. The authors agree on the idea that human resources are an integral part of any organization, which is proved by the prevailing majority of researches and studies in this sphere. Moreover, both articles mention a tendency to call human resources the human capital and put them into the center of all companys activities due to their ability to gain a competitive advantage for their employees. Despite these strengths relating to coverage of the issues, the article by R. Todericiu and A. Serban seems to be more worthwhile than the one by A. I. Munteanu. It focuses predominantly on the discussion of strategic human resource management and its significance and applicability in the modern corporate world rather than attempts to cover many approaches and concepts relating to human resource management in general. Although the latter author underlines her support for the use of strategic human resource management, she gives only a brief overview of this approach and fails to explain why all organizations should adopt this particular method. Therefore, she attempts to cover a vast amount of issues at the expense of the depth of the analysis performed and quality of the presentation.
All things considered, both articles under analysis are worth attentive reading and application. Compared to the article by A. I. Munteanu, the one by R. Todericiu and A. Serban is of higher quality and covers the issues raised in a more thorough and meticulous way. The second article is not only a theoretical overview of the key concepts, but it may also be deemed a practical guide for organizations on how to apply the approach of strategic human resource management in their particular business setting. Nevertheless, both articles are topical with respect to the issues discussed and should be carefully studied when studying modern human resource management in the business world. Furthermore, the authors of both articles prove that human resources represent a vital asset of any company that should be cared for and cherished for employers to prosper and remain competitive in their respective domains of human activity.