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HR Analytics: The onto-epistemology and politics of metricised HRM

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>8/01/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Human Resource Management Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press
Original languageEnglish


The development of HR analytics, the growing dominance of positivistic approaches in academic HRM, and the increasing influence of evidence-based approaches on HR represent a convergence of contextual factors that have the potential to influence HR practice significantly. In this context, we examine how the HR analytics ‘project’ may unfold based on a reflective analysis of a number of data-rich wellbeing projects and empirical evaluations. We focus on the ways in which participants may become enrolled and mobilised in such projects, and the implications this has for perceived value and effects of ‘data’ generated by HR analytics. In particular, we draw attention to the social, political and onto-epistemological processes of the analytics project, and draw conclusions about the way in which the analytics project may influence professional practice.