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Aligning Human Resources and Business Strategy, 2nd Edition by Linda Holbeche

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Chapter 3

Transforming HR into a Strategic Partner

For many functions, HR transformation is currently one of their critical deliverables.

(Reddington, Williamson and Withers, 2006)

In Chapter 1 we looked at the evolution of Human Resources from its earliest stages to today's era of ‘the strategic business partner’. The current period of HR transformation has been profoundly influenced by Dave Ulrich's thinking. In this chapter we shall examine in more detail some of the ways in which HR is being transformed, and look at the role of business partner in particular.

REINVENTING HR

We may be getting beyond the point where HR has to ‘earn a place at the table’ (Brockbank, 1997), although in many organizations this has still not been achieved and, ...

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