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Professionalism, the Institute and the Royal Charter

WithRuth Elizabeth Slater

This book is about the perceived professionalisation of the field of human resource management (HR) as told through the relationship between the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD, the Institute), the professional body for Human Resource Management practitioners in the UK and the Royal Charter. The Institute is an association of practitioners within the field of workforce management, workforce development and employer-employee relations. Based in Britain, with members and reach across the globe, this organisation has had an evolving development because of a confluence of historical context, the socio-economic and political context, and the desires of key elites. Its origins stem from the industrial welfare workers movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 1