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Week 1: Strategic Linkages Assignment
View the "Strategic Linkages" presentation before working on this week's assignment.
There are four different kinds of linkages HR functions can have with the organizational strategy.Check out this tutorial; find out more by clicking on the image to the right. |
You will remember from the lecture that in today’s business world many organizations’ HR departments are viewed as strategic partners within the organization. HR works with senior management in establishing the strategic direction of the organization. This exercise will engage you to go beyond the traditional administrative view of ...view middle of the document...
Why do you think is it important for HR to be a strategic partner to the business?
2. What benefits do you think the employees derive from this arrangement?
3. What do you think are the risks involved (to HR, the organization as a whole) if HR does not make this a priority and instead remains a purely task-oriented department mostly administrative in nature?
You must NUMBER your responses on your assignment. You do not need to repeat the questions above. Please title your assignment with your LAST NAME and week number (for example, SmithWeek1.docx).
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Strategic Linkages Tutorial Transcript
In this presentation we will consider how HR can develop greater strategic alignment with the operating side of the organization. We will look at:
- The Four Types of Linkage
- The concept of Linkage and Alignment
- Linkage Tools
- A generic strategic planning model
The Four Types of Linkage
1. Administrative Linkage
2. One-way Linkage
3. Two-way Linkage
4. Integrative Linkage
Linkage 1: Administrative Linkage
A. This is the traditional relationship between HT and the rest of the organization
B. An HR department in this situation is mostly concerned with day-to-day administrative issues.
C. Senior management sees HR as a paperwork function
D. HR has no time or interest in the strategic needs of the business
Linkage 2: One-way Linkage
A. HR is viewed in a positive light because they solved a major crisis in the organization
B. HR designs a process or system that helps the company reach certain goals. However, HR can’t influence the direction of the strategic plan
C. HR simply reacts to business objectives rather than helping to formulate the plans
D. HR begins to realize it must develop a business perspective
Linkage 3: Two-way Linkage
A. HR develops a reciprocal and interdependent relationship with the organization
B. It is apparent that the company’s strategy impacts the people side of the organization and therefore, HR can influence the...