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Week 1 discussion
QUESTION 1: What does Strategic HR mean?
In Chapter 1 we talk about the role HR plays within today’s
organizations. It’s logical is it not? Today, the most valuable asset a company
can have is its employees! Years ago while pursuing our MBAs, we took courses
in Inventory Management, Production, and Plant Operations. But then twenty
years ago our economy was based upon manufacturing and a company’s production
capacity and inventory were of prime importance. Today, we’re in the
information age and employees, especially creative employees with innovative
ideas and technological skills, are paramount.
Twenty years ago, an HRM was little more than an
administrator, someone to process the application form and ensure the new
employee’s beneficiary form was completed correctly. Today, HRM’s are strategic
partners in every thriving business enterprise developing policies and programs
to support the mission of the business enterprise. Be sure to read and
understand the information presented in Table 2.1 on pages 3 and 4 of your
Take a moment and define for us in your own words what you
understand “strategic” to mean? And then discuss in detail and in
your own words why we look at Strategic HRM as one of the first topic in this
Don’t forget to read over and then respond to a colleague’s
Be sure to include citations from at least two sources you used
to develop your responses!
QUESTION 2: Thoughts about HR Functions in today’s world
What I would like you to do is read chapters one and two and
then the Art Brooks and the Mayhew articles. As you read, make note of all of
the HR functions identified in the readings and reflect carefully on the responsibilities
of today’s HRMs.
In your thoughtful idea presentation you want to talk about
organizational functions and about the responsibilities an HRM has today to
help an organization achieve maximum efficiency and meet their stated goals.
Include some thoughts to demonstrate your understanding about how and HRM’s
roles and responsibilities have developed and grown. Once you’ve posted your thoughts,
take the time to respond to a colleague’s ideas.

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