Given that Human Resource Management (HRM) is designed to act as a support function, what exactly does “being strategic” entail? The human resource function assumes a different role depending on the stage of the organisation’s evolution: growth phase; product diversification phase, and steady state. HRM must be treated as a strategic function, must be integrated into all other strategic planning and implementation, and must be developed to operate as a strategic peer to all other institutional components such as operations, risk management, product development or finance.

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