Summary of Roadmap to Strategic HR

Turning a Great Idea into a Business Reality

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Roadmap to Strategic HR book summary
To transform your human resources department into a strategic business partner, you have to become a corporate leader.


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Many people view the typical human resource department as an administrative heavy-hitter, home to experts in processing forms and muddling through paperwork. Employees who want to sign up for health benefits, contribute to a company’s 401K or ask a question about vacation or sick days make a beeline to HR. That has always been part of HR’s role. But the business landscape is changing rapidly. HR needs to reach beyond its traditional duties and become an integral part of an organization’s strategic planning. Author Ralph Christensen, a former corporate senior vice president, says it isn’t easy for an HR department to make the transition to becoming a strategic partner. But as painful as the process might be, it’s necessary for HR to move forward and evolve. Reading Christensen’s book won’t change things overnight, but believes that if you want your company to stay ahead of the curve, this book deserves a prominent place on your shelf.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to transform a traditional human resource department into a valuable business partner
  • Why HR should be part of the regular business team, not just an administrative entity
  • Why HR leaders must join upper level management


Traditionally, HR departments focus on administering payroll and employee benefits, answering questions about company policy, and coordinating events and training. Many businesspeople view HR as primarily an administrative function, but that is shifting quickly. The Internet makes it easier for employees...
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About the Author

Ralph Christensen, an international consultant, has been a senior vice president and a vice president at major American corporations.

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