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The Differentiated Workforce: Translating Talent into Strategic Impact by Richard W. Beatty, Mark A. Huselid, Brian E. Becker

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CHAPTER 2

Link Strategic Capabilities to Workforce Strategy

IN THIS CHAPTER, we focus on the rationale for two key threshold decisions in this process: Why link the workforce strategy to strategic capabilities? How much should you differentiate your workforce strategy? First, we provide the business case for the importance of strategic capabilities. In short, workforce or talent strategies don’t matter strategically in their own right. They matter only when they make a difference in strategy execution. Their link to one or more strategic capabilities provides that rationale. Second, we describe several approaches to determining the strategic capabilities in your organization. The goal is to implement the strategic focus and benefits of your workforce ...

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