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Strategic Business Partner: Aligning People Strategies with Business Goals
     

Strategic Business Partner: Aligning People Strategies with Business Goals

by Dana Gaines Robinson
 

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Research clearly indicates that there is a strong need for the Human Resources (HR) function, and the people in it, to adopt a more strategic and business-linked approach. In one study business executives ranked the HR function as third, after sales and customer service, as a function that makes a very significant contribution to a company's bottom

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Research clearly indicates that there is a strong need for the Human Resources (HR) function, and the people in it, to adopt a more strategic and business-linked approach. In one study business executives ranked the HR function as third, after sales and customer service, as a function that makes a very significant contribution to a company's bottom line.

Unfortunately research also indicates that few HR functions have become strategic. Most still operate in a primarily administrative and tactical manner—the very work that is increasingly being outsourced. Clearly there is a gap between what business leaders and employees need from their HR departments and what HR is providing.

HR functions must become more integrated into the business, with some people on the HR team assuming the role of Strategic Business Partner (SBP). Here, Dana and Jim Robinson offer guidance for HR, Organization Development and Learning professionals who aspire to transform themselves into effective Strategic Business Partners. They explain how SBPs build partnerships, based upon credibility and trust, with key organization leaders. These partnerships provide SBPs with opportunities to identify and support projects directly aligned with business goals. The success of these projects deepens the SBPs' credibility, enabling them to be viewed as strategic partners. At this higher level of accountability, SBPs work with business leaders to form long-range business strategies and plans, creating and implementing people initiatives that link into and support the business strategies and plans.

This practical guide offers case studies, exercises, tips, and tools you can use to become a Strategic Business Partner in your organization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576758014
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
283
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

DANA GAINES ROBINSON is president and founder of the consulting firm Partners in Change, Inc. JAMES C. ROBINSON is chairman of the consulting firm Partners in Change, Inc. Before becoming consultants, both authors managed the training function for major corporations.

James C. Robinson is Professor of Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. He is the author of "Toil and Toxics" (California, 1991) and of many articles in journals, including "Health Affairs" and the "Journal of the American Medical Association".

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