HRM's Strategic Role

Human Resource positions are called "staffing" (not "line") positions in organizations because they support those who actually create/provide company services and products to consumers.

In examining this module's background materials and themes we are looking at how human resource management might add value to the rest of the organization. We will look at the relationship between organizational goals/objectives and HRM goals/objectives.
Case Assignment

After reading the background readings and researching the topic, respond to the following:

    Which comes first, HRM strategies/goals or organizational strategy/goals? How should these two goal-setting processes work with each other?
    Why do the experts tell us that HRM needs to play a more strategic role (and a less administrative role) in organizations?

Select one of the following as an example to explain how HRM might contribute to their organization's sustainable competitive advantage: high performance work practices, self-directed work teams, problem-solving groups, or additional training for employees each year.

Please write 3 to 4 pages (not counting the cover and reference pages) for this assignment, and upload your paper by the module due date. For this case assignment, you will:(1) apply effective communication skills in a business environment, (2) apply business theories, models, and concepts to guide analysis of problems and situations, and (3) assess the ethical implications of business decisions and actions.
Assignment Expectations

Prepare a paper that is professionally presented (including a cover page, a "List of References," headings/subheadings and a strong introduction and conclusion). Proofread your paper carefully for grammar, spelling and word-usage errors.

Address all aspects of the assignment as stated above.

Provide private-sector employer examples of HRM programs, systems, processes and/or procedures as you address the above assignment requirements. Provide the names of the employers. Note--do not use your SLP organization as an employer example in your case paper.

Complement your Internet searching with library searches and be sure to bring in information from the background readings. Evaluate resources and select only library/Web-based resources that provide reliable, substantiated information.

Give authors credit for their work. Cite sources of borrowed information in the body of your text as footnotes, numbered end notes or APA style of referencing.