BLOG Strategy Implementations by Human Resources After a decade or so of haphazard evolution, it can probably at last be said that Human Resources, that ambiguous child of marketing and capitalism, has finally gotten his ungainly legs beneath him. The HR department has always been a point of some confusion, as companies struggle to discover the best ways to utilize such a vague, if obviously valuable, tool.
They emphasize the limits of excessively rationalistic models of strategic and HR planning. The point that HR strategies are not necessarily developed formally and systematically but may instead evolve and emerge has been made by Tyson Since actions provoke reactions acceptance, confrontation, negotiation etc these reactions are also part of the strategy process.
Moore has suggested that Mintzberg has looked inside the organization, indeed inside the heads of the collective strategists, and come to the conclusion that, relative to the organization, strategy is analogous to the personality of an individual. As Mintzberg sees them, all strategies exist in the minds of those people they make an impact upon.
No one else has made this point so well as Mintzberg, and what the research conducted by Armstrong and Long revealed is that strategic HRM is being practised in the organizations they visited in the Mintzbergian sense. In other words, intentions are shared amongst the top team and this leads to actions being exercised on a collective yet consistent basis.
In each case the shared intentions emerged as a result of strong leadership from the chief executive with the other members of the top team acting jointly in pursuit of 48 l Strategic HRM in action well-defined goals.
These goals indicated quite clearly the critical success factors of competence, commitment, performance, contribution and quality that drive the HR strategy. It is also necessary to stress that coherent and integrated HR strategies are only likely to be developed if the top team understands and acts upon the strategic imperatives associated with the employment, development and motivation of people.
This will be achieved more effectively if there is an HR director who is playing an active and respected role as a business partner.
A further consideration is that the effective implementation of HR strategies depends on the involvement, commitment and cooperation of line managers and staff generally. Finally, there is too often a wide gap between the rhetoric of strategic HRM and the reality of its impact, as Gratton et al emphasize.
Good intentions can too easily be subverted by the harsh realities of organizational life. For example, strategic objectives such as increasing commitment by providing more security and offering training to increase employability may have to be abandoned or at least modified because of the short-term demands made on the business to increase shareholder value.
Schools of strategy development Purcell has identified three main schools of strategy development: It uses quantitative rather than qualitative tools of analysis and Formulating and implementing HR strategies l 49 focuses on market opportunities and threats.
The process school adopts a variety of approaches and is concerned with how strategies are made and what influences strategy formulation: But as Grantcited by Purcellhas indicated, the rationalist approach may indeed be over-formalized and rely too much on quantitative data, but the Mintzberg approach, which downplays the role of systematic analysis and emphasizes the role of intuition and vision, fails to provide a clear basis for reasoned choices.
The configuration school draws attention to the beliefs that, first, strategies vary according to the life cycle of the organization, second, they will be contingent to the sector of the organization and, third, they will be about change and transformation.
The focus is on implementation strategies, which is where Purcell thinks HR can play a major role. Levels of strategic decision making Ideally, the formulation of HR strategies is conceived as a process that is closely aligned to the formulation of business strategies.
HR strategy can influence as well as be influenced by business strategy.By creating a viable HR strategy, businesses can avoid this pitfall and develop a plan that will help their business improve. The HR strategy, while a driving force of the company, needs to be flexible to meet the ever changing needs of the company.
Specific Elements Beyond specifics, every human resource management plan should include the following: Hiring Policies – This will help you determine how your company will hire, interview, recruit, and determine if you will need to implement training or development for potential or current employees.; Termination Policies – What will be .
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This, of course, is HR’s happy realm of specialty – for, where there is discord in the human resource, there is work for Human Resource professionals.
The art of strategy implementation is a symphony in three parts: the technical system, the business system, and the social system. Guidance on formulating and implementing HR strategies is given in this chapter under the following headings. State Board of Higher Education meetings are held at University System campuses throughout the year.
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