Strategic management is the management of change involving the system of corporate values, the corporate culture, and all managerial process of change, such as leadership, planning, control, and human resources management. The strategic management process represents a logical, systematic, and objective approach for determining an enterprise's future direction. Researchers usually distinguish three stages in the process of strategic management: strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and evaluation and control.
HR plays a major role in this process in various ways. First, HR has to demonstrate that it is the respectful business partner for the strategic planning. HR has to take the full responsibility for connecting people, ideas and tools together. Second, HR has to demonstrate that it understands the business of the organization. The HR Role is in bringing ideas for innovations and new products development. Third, HR has to prove its understanding to modern HR Management trends. HR cannot be a passive function in the organization. It has to monitor market for the new trends; HR cannot follow HR Best Practices; it has to set the Best Practices for the industry. Fourth, HR has to determine the art of connecting the strategic plan with the real business. The strategic plan does not describe details. The strategic plan does describe strategic directions of the organization. HR has to understand to these directions and has to translate them into right initiatives and steps. Fifth, HR has to demonstrate it can overcome obstacles. No strategic plan is implemented easily. The HR role is in building the strategic alliances with other employees and managers to push the solution forward. HR has to lead the communication, and it has to act as the change agent.
HR is not invited automatically. It has to fight for its place at the table. It can be seen as the weak partner in the beginning. However, by playing the strong HR role the position will start to...