Human Resource Management

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Strategic HRM

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.


People Strategies

Change Strategies

Resourcing Strategies

Strategy Articles

Turning the Tide on BI Failure
September 7 2018 - When does business information become a business disadvantage? Using today's Business Intelligence (BI) tools can be a bit like trying to drink from a fire hydrant - too much information, from all directions, with no control.

HR as a Business Partner
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.

The HR Role in Public Sector Reform
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.

'Go Lean' for the New Year
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.

Redundancy - A Guide For Employers
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.

HR And That Elusive Strategic Role
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.

Measuring Human Capital
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 future performance.

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.

Outsourcing Medical Records Threatens Lives
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.

Outsourcing Saves 15%
April 15 2006 - Claims of 60% savings through outsourcing are massively exaggerated according to a study by TPI, a leading sourcing advisory firm.

New Views on Mergers and Acquisitions
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.

HR Outsourcing
May 26 2005 - Outsourcing basic human resource services can be the key to achieving a more influential and strategic role for the HR function.

CBI says benefits of off-shoring outweigh drawbacks
November 8 2004 - 51% of responding companies say that the pressure to off-shore has increased over the past two years.

HRM Textbooks

Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management, 4th edition
by Alan Price
 Covers all the key aspects of HRM. Available from: - UK pounds - Euros - Euros - Euros - US dollars - Can dollars

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
 Shortened version of Human Resource Management - concise analysis for non-specialists and one-semester courses.
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