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HR People & Strategy Five Pillars of Knowledge

The following five knowledge areas are those HR People & Strategy believes are the most critical and strategic to HRM and HR best practices. HRPS has identified these pillars of knowledge through extensive research on human resources management and organizational development. These five areas drive the content and outcomes of all HRPS educational activities, from conferences to webcasts to content in our People & Strategy journal.


Enhancing the impact of the profession:

  • Ensuring functional excellence within the human resources organization
  • Maximizing HR’s impact
  • Validating HR’s effectiveness
  • Solidifying HR’s perception and reputation
  • Developing solid measurement and reporting tools


Ensuring excellence in human capital management:

  • Aligning business and HR planning
  • Linking business strategy and HR strategy
  • Involving HR in corporate governance and decision making
  • Contributing to corporate social responsibility


Impacting leadership skills and attitudes individually and collectively:

  • Acquiring, motivating, training and developing leaders
  • Planning for leadership succession
  • Providing diverse and inclusive functional and organizational leadership


Strengthening the organization’s effectiveness in achieving its intended outcomes:

  • Directing culture and organizational change
  • Building a learning culture
  • Implementing organizational design
  • Developing and maintaining intellectual capital
  • Ensuring organizational learning, agility and transformation
  • Managing knowledge


Securing diverse talent to meet the organization’s future needs at all levels, including:

  • Managing talent acquisition
  • Developing retention strategies
  • Driving employee motivation
  • Fostering employee development

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