Business Management and Strategy: HR and the Strategic Planning Process

Human resource professionals who are preparing for the Human Resource Certification Institute’s (HRCI) Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification exam

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Expected Duration
60 minutes

Strategic planning provides an understanding of where the organization currently stands and what direction it hopes to take in the future. Human Resources professionals need to understand and become partners in the strategic planning process to ensure alignment between their department’s functions and organizational strategy. This course explains the strategic planning process and the role of the human resource function in this process. Key strategic decisions during life cycle stages of an organization and how a cost-benefit analysis can help in making those decisions are discussed. This course also discusses how the HR function can support organizational budgeting – a key strategic planning activity, by providing data such as human capital projections and costs.
This course helps prepare individuals for the Human Resource Certification Institute’s (HRCI) PHR and SPHR certification examinations.


HR and the Strategic Planning Process

  • identify the key stages in the strategic planning process
  • match stages in the strategic planning process to examples of the types of activities involved
  • identify actions you can take to align the HR function with the strategic plan
  • associate key characteristics to stages of the organizational life cycle
  • describe key elements of organizational structure
  • differentiate between organizational structures based on span of control
  • recognize organizational structures based on departmentalization
  • match activities to steps in a cost-benefit analysis
  • describe ROI and break-even point
  • sequence the steps typically involved in the budgetary process
  • identify examples of HR information that supports organizational budgetary planning




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