Chapter 5

Aligning Business and HR Strategy

While the HR challenges are greater than ever before, so too are the opportunities for companies to excel through people strategies

(Strack et al., 2008)

The main focus of this chapter is on exploring the links between corporate strategy and HR strategy.

In the past decade, alignment of HR strategy with business strategy has been the holy grail of HR teams. The idea that HR strategy should be directly relevant to business requirements, an integral element of business strategy and delivering value has led to an intense focus on measurement, proving ‘value added’ and structural realignment for HR teams. More recently, what ‘alignment’ means and the idea that alignment should be the main aim of HR strategy ...

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