Business partnering is one of the main HR operating models that people functions use globally. Ideally, Business partnering is about defining and aligning people function capabilities in order to meet the organisation’s objectives, and you don’t have to be called a Business Partner to adopt and apply a business partnering mindset.

This factsheet explores what business partnering is and how it works, both as a model and a mindset. It covers the evolution of business partnering, and the original business partnering model. It also offers guidance on implementing business partnering and how it can help organisations shape positive change to support people, performance, and business practices. 

This factsheet was last updated by Samantha Coogan, Learning Content Manager (HR & Law), CIPD


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