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Shad S. Morris & Scott A. Snell

In: The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management

Chapter 6: The Evolution of HR Strategy: Adaptations to Increasing Global Complexity

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The Evolution of HR Strategy: Adaptations to Increasing Global Complexity
The evolution of HR strategy: Adaptations to increasing global complexity
Introduction

Discussions regarding the link between HR and strategy have long been evolving. From as far back as the industrial revolution, managing human resources was seen as the most costly and uncontrollable activity of the firm. The focus was on driving these costs down through person-job fit. Later, with the complexities of global competition, diversification, and total quality management, HR management was seen as something that needed to be consistent across the firm and aligned with the firm's strategy. More recently, with the increase of highly dispersed and diversified workforces, scholars have tried to understand how HR is coterminous and even formative to a firm's strategy. The ...

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