Based on Human Resource Management (4th Edition) by Alan Price -
published by Cengage
This part of Human Resource Management provides a discussion of the basis, preparation and
implementation of strategic HRM. Human resource management is closely identified with business strategy by many
authors. In fact, HRM is typically distinguished from traditional personnel management by its concern with
meeting business objectives in a strategic fashion.
The chapters in this section address a number of specific issues:
- What is strategy?
- What is the role of HRM in the strategic process?
- How are human resource strategies prepared and implemented?
- What is the relationship between strategic HRM and human resource planning?
- How does HRM impact on the process of organizational change?
- What is the role of HR practitioners in mergers and acquisitions?
- How can behavioural change be achieved?
- What strategies are available for recruitment and retention?
- How are resourcing strategies prepared?
Strategic human resource management requires formulation of
HR objectives, strategies and policies. These enable the provision of the skills and abilities
needed to meet the requirements of an organisation's overall objectives. In other words, they
provide the framework which ensures that an organisation's people needs are met. In modern
organisations HR strategy is supported by information technology in the form of human resource
information systems and workforce management systems.
March 16 2012 - The term 'business partner' is often highlighted as an important aspect in discussions about
the role of the human resource manager but being a 'business partner' needs wide business knowledge.
January 19 2011 - Successive Governments have seen public sector HR as either a cost to be managed or a means of dealing
with redundancies, but not as a crucial strategic function, according to a recent CIPD report.
January 4 2009 - Consultants and professional services firms are reliant on their people.
They are the core of their business, which is why many firms are keen to keep hold of their skilled staff.
October 23 2008 - As the economy continues to spiral out of control and threats mount over a recession,
many local businesses are looking at cutbacks in a bid to cope under financial pressure.
Updated May 1 2008 - Recently, Maxxim Consulting interviewed 20 CEOs of FTSE350 companies
in the UK and found that only four knew exactly how many people worked in their respective head offices.
August 27 2007 - The majority of employers are failing to provide relevant information about their human capital
thereby denying potential investors and other stakeholders the opportunity to fully assess the likely impact on
August 1 2007 - A study by Katerina Rüdiger for The Work Foundation suggests that perceived
threats to UK employment from offshoring to developing countries such as India have been exaggerated.
June 22 2006 - Thousands of lives are being threatened because of the 'dangerous practice' of sending medical notes overseas for typing, according to
speakers at the UNISON annual conference.
April 15 2006 - Claims of 60% savings through outsourcing are massively
exaggerated according to a study by TPI, a leading sourcing advisory firm.
April 4 2006 - Contrasting strongly with findings from the past
20 years, the current round of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals tend to be financially
successful and generate more shareholder value, according to a study by London's Cass Business School.
May 26 2005 - Outsourcing basic human resource services can be the key to achieving a more influential and strategic role for the
November 8 2004 - 51% of responding companies say that the pressure to off-shore has increased over the
past two years.