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Chapter 1 Human Resource Management
Discussion Questions and Answers
Mr. Eric Johnson
Chapter 1 Discussion Questions
Why is the HR department playing a more significant role in organizational strategic
planning processes today than it did 20 years ago?
The HR department of the 1960s was considered little more than a recordkeeping unit that
handled paperwork, dealt with blue-collar employees, and handed out tenure pins. Today, the HR
department plays a vital role in the organization’s strategic planning process. This trend is driven
primarily by increasing pressure from the global marketplace and from stockholders, both of
which push for ever-higher levels of productivity and profitability. This pressure is compounded
by skyrocketing recruitment and benefit costs, an aging workforce, an increasing number of
health and safety regulations, and an increasingly litigious society. Plus, HRM activities are now
tied to the bottom line, where it is considered a “profit center” rather than a “cost center.”
Why is it correct to conclude that
managers are involved in the human resource
management function and implementing HRM activities and programs?
Although HR managers are responsible for formulating and distributing information on HRM
activities, programs, and solutions, it is the front-line managers and supervisors who must
implement and enforce these policies on a daily, face-to-face basis with the employees. Without
managerial participation and support, there will likely be major human resource issues that will
prevent the organization from attaining both individual and organizational goals.
How has increased globalization influenced the way HRM is practiced in the United
First, HR practitioners now have the ability to review the best-in-class HRM practices of other
countries to see if they can be applied successfully to U.S. organizations. Second, all HR issues,
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