By Dr. Constantine “Dino” Kiritsis, SHRM-SCP, Founder StudySmart & Lead for the StudySmart – ICAP SHRM partnership
I am extremely proud of the fact that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has become the benchmark for HR in the past 2 decades. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the Society has focused more on its well-prepared new competency model, developing world-class certifications and gave attention to international HR issues, not just issues that are American. Our work at StudySmart and our strategic partnership with ICAP has certainly seemed to have raised the benchmark for HR professionals.
Its competency model focuses on strategic behavioral competencies while the material is applicable to HR professionals around the world. The fact that it now uses Situational Judgement Test Questions and a case analysis approach make it unique in terms of professional qualifications. In essence, SHRM has correctly identified that countries or regions deal with issues differently as cultural aspects play a role in decision making.
There are close to 50 certified professionals in Greece and this shows the potential in the market. We certainly have a number of qualified professionals based on experience in Greece but not based on a globally approved certification. The same way professionals certify themselves in Accounting, Finance or Project Management and a number of other areas it is imperative that HR professionals have an association / society that not only sets the standard, but evolves, supports and networks professionals in every part of the world.