Is HR Really Viewed as a Strategic Partner?




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Agni Chatterjee
Student (MBA), India

Is HR Really Viewed as a Strategic Partner?

HR is no more considered as a back office, mundane job. It is now believed to form an integral and important part of any company. Right. But how true is that? Did indeed the view of people towards HR really change or is there deep down still a feeling that HR is just an administration job and nothing else?

When I was looking for a job, recruiters asked me: "What are you going to do in HR. There is no growth, It is a job for laid back people, etc etc". These people are themselves HR professionals. Over the last two years of my MBA, all I have studied on HR is that it should be a strategic partner and that companies have started moving their focus on HR big time.

"HR Champions" by Dave Ulrich was considered the bible for us. We always had great and lengthy discussions on how HR is making the corporate world a better place, how it holds a key for sustainability, how people in the organization are assets and not commodities.

I have realized the importance of HR, I can link any function and activity with HR. This is maybe because I am an MBA with a specialization in HR. But what is taught in the B-Schools, how much applicable is that?
I know some organizations in the US and UK endorsed the importance of HR in the last decade and we have seen some great examples set by them. But how true is it in the current business context? And what about the situation in India?
 

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Malcolm Fleming, United Kingdom
 

HR as a Strategic Partner

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Dr Robin C Hesler, Canada
 

HR - Integral and Important

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Alan Kennedy, Canada
 

Organization Mgmt (aka HR) is one Strategy to Be Managed

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Omar Robles
Business Consultant, Guatemala
 

HR Strategic Partner

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Ted Garrison
Management Consultant, United States
 

HR - Strategic Partner

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gonzalez
Management Consultant, France
 

HR Partner Real Strategic One

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Sarah Jackson, Hong Kong
 

Engage the HR Team

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Matt Waymire
Accountant, United States
 

To be a Strategic Partner, HR Must Convince Top Management

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David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

HR Needs to be a Strategic Partner

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das T.K.M.
HR Consultant, India
 

HR as Strategic Partner

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SAMUEL LUZOBE
Consultant, Uganda
 

HR Needs to Understand the Business

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Mahmoud, Saudi Arabia
 

HR Really Viewed as a Strategic Partner

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Olli Kansanen
HR Consultant, Finland
 

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Gandhi Heryanto
Management Consultant, Indonesia
 

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peter simons
Turnaround Manager, Switzerland
 

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Benjamin Motlhabane
Consultant, South Africa
 

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Alex Dail
Management Consultant, United States
 

On what Level is HR a Valuable Part of the Organization?

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Len Matthews
Coach, Australia
 

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Harry Pramono
Manager, Indonesia
 

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VENKATESH
Manager, India
 

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Feyzal Peeroo
Accountant, Mauritius
 

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Bernhard Keim
Business Consultant, Germany
 

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Marcel Wiedenbrugge
Consultant, Netherlands
 

HR and Integrated Perspectives

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Leena Bissoonauth
Student (University), Mauritius
 

HR as Strategic Partner

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Abdul khalique
Manager, Pakistan
 

Employees are Assets but not Commodities

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Jaspal Singh
Manager, India
 

What HR People Need to be Considered as Strategic Partner

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CREEMERS LUC
Business Consultant, Belgium
 

HR: a Strategic Partner Without Doubt

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John Nobel
Management Consultant, Australia
 

HR Strategic Partner?

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Donasian Mbonea
HR Consultant, Tanzania
 

HR as a Strategic Partner

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Derrek Augustine, South Africa
 

HR Strategic Partner! Bwah

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Rodgers Phiri
Entrepreneur, United Kingdom
 

HR as an Asset to Every Business

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Nadeem Kamal
Manager, Pakistan
 

HR Department is Like Parliament

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Olayemi Jayeola
Manager, Nigeria
 

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Isioma Obiakpani
Strategy Consultant, Nigeria
 

Whether HR is a Strategic Partner Depends on Organization

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Belay Gezahegn
Director, Ethiopia
 

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Roy Rossini
Business Consultant, United States
 

In Reality HR is Far from Being a Strategic Partner

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Jacob George
Financial Consultant, India
 

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douglas, USA
 

HR Will Always Fight Being Viewed as a Secretarial Function

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shaheed
HR Consultant, India
 

HR Should Partner in the Business Success

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Len Matthews
Coach, Australia
 

HR Like Parliament - Provoking

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Nadeem Kamal
Manager, Pakistan
 

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leo paul
Manager, India
 

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francisslobo
Professor, India
 

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Steven Keleman, Ed.D.
Management Consultant, United States
 

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Maggie Mojapelo
Director, South Africa
 

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peter simons
Turnaround Manager, Switzerland
 

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Paolo Pozzi
Business Consultant, Italy
 

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edward sevume
Sweden
 

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Nadeem Kamal
Manager, Pakistan
 

HR Strategic Partner

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David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

HR Should Be a Strategic Partner

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peter simons
Turnaround Manager, Switzerland
 

Stay Positive in the Forum, Here is an Idea...

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edward sevume
Sweden
 

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Jafeth Quintanilla
Teacher, Peru
 

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Benjamin Motlhabane
Consultant, South Africa
 

HR Strategic Partner

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Zahra Djebaili
Student (University), Algeria
 

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Dr Robin C Hesler, Canada
 

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col n bhatnagar
Management Consultant, India
 

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