Human Resource Management 300 Discussion Week 1

Read Chapter 1 in Human Resources Management Issues, Challenges and Trends: “Now and Around the Corner”

Ronald R. Sims. (2019). Human Resources Management Issues, Challenges and Trends: “Now and Around the Corner.” Information Age Publishing.
Read Chapters 1 and 2 in Cases in Human Resource ManagementThe New Human Resource Management Process
Strategy-Driven Human Resource Management

David Kimball. (2016). Cases in Human Resource Management. SAGE Publications, Inc.
Mayhew (2021). The Strategic Role of HR Managers
Lumen Learning (n.d). The Changing Role of Strategic Human Resource Management Retrieved from
Lumen Learning (n.d). Purpose of Human Resource Management Retrieved from
Supplemental Resources:
Chapter 1 “Chapter 1 – The Role of Human Resources” in Human resource management. Retrieved from Resource Management.pdf
Chapter 2 “Developing and Implementing Strategic HRM Plans” in Human resource management. Retrieved from Resource Management.pdf
Lobell (2021). What HR Professionals Are Looking Forward to in 2021 (
Bersin (2021). 2021 and Recruitment – Human Resources Today
Leonard (2019) Contemporary Issues faced by Human Resource Managers Today
This week’s material covers the strategic role of human resource management. Specifically, the focus will be on:
definitions of human resources management (HRM)
HRM’s contributions to an organization
HRM responsibilities
the HRM environment
HRM challenges
strategic perspective
introduction to HR trends
——————————————————————————————————————————————————————–QUESTION 1: What does Strategic HR mean? (minimum 2 paragraphs)
In lesson 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, HRMs are strategic partners in every thriving business enterprise developing policies and programs to support the mission of the business enterprise.
In your own words, discuss what it means to be a strategic business partner. Why is it important for the HR strategy to be aligned with the business strategy? What skills are important for HR managers to have to be able to effectively add strategic value to the organization?
QUESTION 2: Thoughts about HR Functions in today’s world (minimum 2 paragraphs)
The field of human resource management has changed significantly over the past several decades. Make note of the HR functions identified in the presentations and readings and reflect carefully on the responsibilities of today’s HRMs. From the learning materials, as well as your own observations and/or experience (if applicable), please describe how the human resource function has changed over the last decade or so. Do you anticipate any further changes to the human resource management role in the near or distant future? If so, please explain your rationale.