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Essentials of Strategy

Subject Adviser: David J. Collis

Series Adviser: Wendy Bliss, J.D., SPHR

2006, 323 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-59139-822-6

SHRMStore Item #: 61.16507


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The Essentials of Strategy will help you understand the basics of strategic thinking. After reading this, you will be well versed in the tools, principles and must-know methods for implementing strategic thought into your organizations.

Today's HR professionals work side by side with senior executives to devise a strategy for their organizations and to marshal the talent and resources to implement it. That means going beyond the traditional HR domain and mastering the fundamentals of all aspects of business and management.

Co-published by SHRM and Harvard Business School Press.

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 Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Strategy and the HR Professional: Why Strategic HR Management Is Vital

Chapter 2. SWOT Analysis I: Looking Outside for Opportunities and Threats

Chapter 3. SWOT Analysis II: Looking Inside for Strengths and Weaknesses

Chapter 4. Types of Strategy: Which Fits Your Business?

Chapter 5. Strategic Moves: The Mechanisms of Success

Chapter 6. From Strategy to Implementation: Seeking Alignment

Chapter 7. Aligning Your HR Strategy: Key Practices

Chapter 8. Action Plans: The Architecture of Implementation

Chapter 9. How to Stay on Course: Sensing and Responding to Deviations from Plan

Chapter 10. The People Side of Implementation: Getting the Right People on Board

Chapter 11. Implementing Human Capital Initiatives: The Rubber Meets the Road

Chapter 12. Strategy as Work-in-Progress: Keep Looking Ahead

Chapter 13. Developing and Leveraging Your Strategic Mindset: Next Steps for You and Your HR Department

Appendix: Implementation Tools



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 About the Business Literacy for HR Professionals Series


The Business Literacy for HR Professionals Series, copublished by the Harvard Business School Publishing and SHRM, educates HR professionals at all levels in the principles, practices, and processes of business and management. These books provide a comprehensive overview of the concepts, skills, and tools HR professionals need to be influential strategic partners in their organizations.

The other books in the Series:

The Essentials of Corporate Communications & Public Relations

The Essentials of Finance and Budgeting

The Essentials of Managing Change and Transition

The Essentials of Negotiation

The Essentials of Power, Influence & Persuasion

The Essentials of Project Management


 About the Series Adviser

Wendy Bliss, J.D., SPHR is an attorney and founder of Bliss & Associates Consulting in Colorado Springs. She is the author of Legal, Effective References and the co-author of Employment Termination Source Book.

 About the Subject Adviser

David J. Collis has been a professor at Harvard Business School for more than eighteen years, teaching and chairing executive education programs.