Since the 1980s, HRM has come of age. No serious established organization thrives without professional resources allocated to address operational and strategic HRM tasks and people-issues. This has created the seedbed for a diverse range of empirical and theoretical research into HRM as a social phenomenon and an organizational practice: collaborative practices, diversity and inclusion, well-being, workforce planning, talent management, AI and HRM, to name a few.

In the Nordic countries, early studies into HRM were carried out with an industrial relations and work environment focus, often supported by employer associations and trade unions. More recently HRM has become an academic subject in its own right, with professorships in HRM early in Copenhagen and later in the other five Nordic countries in, for instance, Reykjavik, Gothenburg and Vaasa. This development is constituting the backbone of the standing HRM track.

A Nordic network of HRM-researchers, anchored in Gothenburg by Stefan Tengblad, has been started in the fall 2023, and will be a complementary activity to this standing HRM track.

In 2025, the standing track plans to contribute to the offering of an HRM-PhD course hosted by University of Gothenburg and with contributions from members of the standing track and the Nordic Cranet group. Another anchor activity is the Cranet sub-group with members from the five Nordic countries which will involve the standing track in their activities in 1-2 mini-conferences.

At the 2024 NNF-conference, the standing workgroup will run a paper-track on Nordic HRM.