Cases in Human Resource Management provides students with insights into common challenges, dilemmas, and issues human resource managers face in the workplace. Using a wide variety of well-known companies and organizations, author David Kimball engages students with original, real-world cases that illustrate HRM topics and functions in action. Each case is designed to encourage students to find new solutions to human resource issues and to stimulate class discussion. Case questions challenge students to think critically, apply concepts, and develop their HRM skills. The contents are organized using the same topical coverage and structure as most HRM textbooks, making Kimball the ideal companion for any introductory HRM course.
Chapter 2: Strategy-Driven Human Resource Management
Strategy-Driven Human Resource Management
Case 2.1. The External Environment: When State Government Offers Early Retirement
The external environment consists of a series of influences that originate outside the organization and that the company cannot control. These external factors, which must be considered when forming a strategy, include customers, competition, suppliers, shareholders, society, technology, the economy, the labor force, and our government.
In regard to the external force of the government, we have come to expect our government agencies to be complex, formalized, and centralized in terms of organizational structure.
Government agencies are very large organizations that are normally very complex. Complexity involves the way in which we divide the organization into different segments. Government agencies are often organized into many different layers of employees, ...