Strategic human resource management (strategic HRM) provides a framework linking people management and development practices to long-term business goals and outcomes. It focuses on longer-term resourcing issues and other HR strategies, such as reward or performance, determining how they are integrated into the overall business strategy.

This factsheet looks at how thinking on strategic HRM has developed and describes strategic HRM in relation to business strategy, human capital management and business performance.

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This factsheet was last updated by Rebecca Peters: Research Adviser, CIPD

Rebecca leads on several research projects including the People Profession Survey which provides a snapshot of the current HR landscape on an international scale. Rebecca regularly presents her research at conferences and business events and is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice. 

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