Human Resources as a Strategic Partner

Essay by MsMur April 2005

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The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the current purpose of the Human Resources Department and its importance in every organization. This paper will also explore the drastic role changes in HR during the last fifteen years; In addition describing the advantages and disadvantages of Human Resources department report directly to the CEO or President of the company versus having a separate change of authority. This paper will also include the major competencies that an HR executive must have to function effectively at this level in the organization.

The writer would first like identifying some key terms:

Human resource management (HRM) - "refers to the policies, practices, and systems that influence employees' behavior, attitudes, and performance" (UOP p. 5).

Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM) - "A pattern of planned Human Resource Deployments and activities intended to enable an organization to achieve its goals" (UOP p. 57).

Strategic choice - "is the organization's strategy; it describes the

ways the organization will attempt to fulfill its mission and achieve its long-term

goals" (UOP p.


The Human Resource department is a rapidly changing department. Not too many years ago, HR was one of those departments that most companies could eliminate. The HR staff was considered clerical or administrative employees. Qualifications for positions in the HR department were minimal and usually did not require degreed applicants. A person with bookkeeping and typing skills could handle for the most part the responsibilities. This insignificant department has emerged into a vital and crucial department in cooperation.

Kathryn Connors, Corporate VP Liz Claiborne, Inc says, "Human Resource is part of the strategic planning process. Little is done that doesn't involve us in the planning, policy, or final stages of any deal". Human resource is an essential department is every organization. Human resources management represents a...