Leadership Essay

495 WordsJan 30, 20122 Pages
bThe aim of every organisation is to achieve its purpose, this could be to make profit or provide public services. Armstrong (2006) states strategic human resource management (SHRM) helps an organisation to achieve its purpose through its human resources. The aim of SHRM is to fulfil the needs of an organisation and its employees. According to Aryee and Budhwar (2008: zzb208) cited in Pendleton (2008) “SHRM is primarily concerned with organisational performance and is simply a reactive attempt by researchers and practitioners to enhance the image of human resource (HR) as an organisational function”. This essay critically evaluates the above statement and is aimed at finding out the importance of SHRM for organisational performance and the role of human resource in organisational performance. Armstrong (2006, Pg. 29) “SHRM defines the organisation’s intentions and plans on how its business goals should be achieved through people”. He emphasises three things which are needed to achieve organisational goals, Firstly, ‘Human Capital’, which means investment in people. The primary concern of human resource is looking after the employees and giving them proper training and developing them according to the needs of an organisation to perform best to achieve organisational goals. Collective nature and quality of people in an organisation helps towards present and future performance of an organisation (Lengnick-Hall and Lengnick-hall 2003 cited in Torrington et al 2005). Secondly ‘The People’, who implement strategic plan. The way they implement these plans influences organisational performance. According to Purcell et al (2003) concept, “bringing HR policies to life”, the line managers or leadership play an important part in terms of implementing and enacting HR policies and practices. Thirdly a ‘Systematic Approach’ should be adopted for defining organisational future

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