July 17th 2013

Developing a Strategic HR Approach

Developing a Strategic HR Approach is a research report that looks to apply the principles of social science to HR practices, to determine what factors make a difference and under what circumstances.

We don’t believe in “best practice”, which implies one size fits all, but we seek to identify good practice and define a set of operating principles that apply under most circumstances. Our view is that the business circumstances and conditions should influence HR’s approach fundamentally.

Topics explored in the Developing a Strategic HR Approach research report include:
• Does HR strategy exist?
• How HR strategy can better align with wider business strategy
• Four strategic roles that HR can play, depending on the needs of the business
• Tendencies of strategic HR approaches
• Emergent vs intended HR strategy
• Effective people strategies
• HR’s unique contribution to the organisation
• Improving and developing talent

Here, you can download and view this article on developing a strategic HR approach. The full report is only available to CRF members. If you are not a CRF member and are interested in discussing membership, please contact Richard Hargreaves on richard@crforum.co.uk.

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