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Aligning Human Resources and Business Strategy Paperback – March 16, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750680172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750680172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Linda Holbeche describes the alignment of HR strategy with business strategy as “the holy grail of HR teams” and, equipped with this wonderful book, it’s an objective which I believe many more of those teams will be able to achieve. By combining a balanced and incisive review of the latest academic thinking with well-chosen and insightful examples of current best practice, she has created a valuable resource which is inspirational and pragmatic in equal measure.”
- David Fairhurst, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, McDonald’s UK and Northern Europe

“As leaders face enormous business challenges, they increasingly turn to HR for insight and support. Linda’s book guides HR professionals in giving thoughtful and useful advice. It offers clear guidelines and approaches for HR to help leaders better identify and solve their problems. The ideas in the book are comprehensive, thoughtful, and accessible. This wonderful book will help line managers know what to expect from HR and HR professionals know how to meet those expectations.”
- Dave Ulrich, Professor of Business, University of Michigan and Partner, The RBL Group

From the Publisher

Building on surveys undertaken through Personnel Today magazine, and research via Roffey Park Institute, Holbeche provides a set of tools and case studies that show how HR strategists have utilized their skills to deliver a variety of key business objectives, often within their current job role. The relationship between an effective people strategy and business success is hard to quantify in financial terms, but Holbeche provides persuasive examples to add to the growing body of evidence. Case studies include Mergers & Acquisitions policies, organizational design, retaining high flyers in an international environment, and core competency approaches. Linda Holbeche's previous book on Motivating People in Lean Organizations was shortlisted for the MCA book prize in 1998. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a great book. It's not a quick and easy read and should not be. Achieving HR alignment in corporate culture is not an easy task, when dealing with other very strong leaders with their own opinions. To quote from the book, HR strategy "is evolutionary in nature - it involves grappling with competing agendas, perspectives and values." Anyone that's been in an executive committee meeting can relate. This book is definitely for the most senior HR strategist. Highly recommend. Make sure you get the Second Edition that was published in 2009, which I could only find in paperback. It would be nice to have a hardcover Second Edition. This book will give you the knowledge and vocabulary you need to increase your influence on company culture and its leadership.
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The only drawback to it is that it is a school book and not one for pure entertainment. Otherwise, it is exactly as it was said to be
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