Summary of Achieving Strategic Excellence

An Assessment of Human Resource Organizations

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Achieving Strategic Excellence book summary
How the role of human resources grew from 1995 to 2004: Hard data on what HR was, could be and should become.


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Between 1995 and 2004, the Center for Effective Organizations conducted periodic surveys of the role of human resource departments in large U.S. corporations. Edward E. Lawler III, John W. Boudreau, Susan Albers Mohrman and other researchers, analyze that study in this useful book. Although their style can get dry and academic (perhaps since they are all university faculty members), this work is by no means purely theoretical. It includes applicable, real-world information that shows how HR managers and other corporate leaders perceive the changing role of the organizational HR department. This study says corporate leaders have come to realize that human resource work adds strategic value, given the importance of skilled personnel. It is no news to insiders that HR has become far more than a cost center, but these authors explain why. getAbstract recommends this work to HR managers and other executives who have a professional and intellectual need to stay on top of HR trends – and who will fearlessly take on tables, statistics and the halls of academe in the quest for that knowledge.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your HR department can bring more value to your company
  • What HR’s strengths and weaknesses are
  • Why HR managers must reinvent their departments to help their companies compete


Using HR Strategically
During the early 1990s, intense global competition forced companies into new, leaner structures, making corporate leaders view their human resource (HR) departments as costly impediments. Companies tried to cut HR costs by using technology and outsourcing individual...
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About the Authors

The authors are affiliated with the University of Southern California. Edward E. Lawler III, distinguished professor of business, has written books on business process outsourcing and strategic HR organizations. John W. Boudreau, a professor and research director, has written more than 50 books and articles. Susan Albers Mohrman, a senior research scientist, is a past board member of the HR Planning Society and the Academy of Management.

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