HR Information Systems: Stand and Deliver

Robinson, D | Report 335 | Institute for Employment Studies | May 1997

Despite attractive presentation, computerised HR systems have never quite become the management tool they promised to be. HR practitioners are left wondering whether the huge effort of implementation was worthwhile.

There are signs that new technology is at last fulfilling the promise, with company intranets enabling line managers and even employees to access HR data.

This study examines the experience of six large organisations, and draws on survey results to show the wider picture. Suppliers, too, offer their perspective.

It seems there really is hope for the future — but the 'vision' cannot become reality without careful planning, targeted investment and commitment from the whole organisation.