Armstrong's handbook of strategic human resource management by Michael Armstrong

By Michael Armstrong

Pt. 1. The conceptual framework of strategic HRM -- pt. 2. The perform of strategic HRM -- pt. three. HR recommendations -- pt. four. The strategic HRM toolkit

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Ibid: 66). According to Johnson et al (2005: 13) strategic intent is an expression of ‘the desired future state of an organization’. Strategic intent could be a very broad statement of vision or mission and/or it could more specifically spell out the goals and objectives to be attained over the longer term. The strategic intent sequence has been defined by Miller and Dess (1996) as a broad vision of what the organization should be. Strategic capability Strategic capability refers to the ability of an organization to develop and implement strategies that will achieve sustained competitive advantage.

The following are his views on the strategy process. S o ur c e r e v i e w The evolutionary nature of strategy – Quinn (1980: 14–15) Although the formal planning approach is excellent for some purposes, it tends to focus unduly on measurable quantitative forces and to under-emphasize the vital qualitative, organizational and power-behavioural factors that so often determine strategic success... The processes used to arrive at the total strategy are typically fragmented, evolutionary, and largely intuitive...

Andrews, 1987: 13) He suggested that ‘... the word strategy still retains a close connection to a conscious purpose and implies a time dimension reaching into the future. At its simplest, a strategy can be a very specific plan of action directed at a specified result within a specified period of time’ (ibid: xi). The overall concept having been defined by the pioneers, subsequent writers explored more specific aspects of strategy. Porter (1985) was perhaps the most influential. He developed the notion of competitive advantage, although this term was introduced 20 years earlier by Ansoff (1965: 110), who noted that it arises when a firm ‘seeks to identify particular properties of individual product markets which will give [it] a strong competitive position’.

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