Strategic Positioning of Human Resource Management

Registration Deadline: 22 March 2018

Training Dates: 29 & 30 March 2018

Training Hours: 08:30 - 17:00

Location: CIIM Limassol ( View Map )

Language of Instruction: English


In today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, the people and the human resource practices are a critical asset, which, if managed effectively, can constitute the main source of competitive advantage of an organization. This 2-day interactive programme is aimed at enabling participants to effectively manage the human resources of an organization in a way that aligns with, and can support, the business strategy and the long-term organizational goals.

Most organizations today realize the vital role that its people play in driving value, and as such the need to strategically position Human Resource Management (HRM) is characterized by many as one of the most important responsibility that managers have. Despite the fact that organizations currently recognize the role of human resources in creating value for various stakeholders, the effective combination and fit of different HR functions (e.g., recruitment, selection, training, rewarding) and the alignment of the business strategy and long-term organizational needs with the human capital remains a challenging task for managers. Nonetheless, when this horizontal and vertical alignment and fit is effectively achieved, the organization can leverage individuals’ knowledge, skills and abilities, can enjoy higher employee motivation and commitment, and can ultimately ensure a greater chance of sustained organizational success.

Key Outcomes

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to strategically position HRM in the organization and be in a position to apply its main concepts to practice
  • Identify the different HR practices and determine their role in achieving competitive advantage for the organization
  • Design and align HR strategies and policies to support the implementation of the business strategy
  • Interpret and analyze the internal and external environment of organizations and evaluate its role in formulating an effective HR strategy
  • Perform strategic changes in the organization to effectively leverage the human resources to achieve superior organizational performance

Designed for

This training workshop is designed to assist HR-related professionals who need to learn how to shift traditional HR practices into strategic business functions. The programme is also exceptionally beneficial to managers of all disciplines who need to appreciate the importance of strategic HR management when leading their business, departments and teams.

Topics to be covered

In this 2-day interactive EDP, participants will first get acquainted with the theory and the tools that will enable them to strategically position their organization’s HRM (day 1), and they will then participate in an interactive workshop that is aimed at applying the theory and the tools to practice in real-life business problems.

Day – 1 (Presentation – Theory and Tools)

Introduction to Human Resource Management

  • Philosophy, theories, goals and characteristics of HRM
  • Different HR practices and functions and analysis of recent trends
  • The evolution of HRM

From traditional HRM to the Strategic positioning of HRM

  • The difference between the traditional and the strategic approach to HRM
  • High performance work systems (HPWS)
  • Managing the change and transition from a traditional HRM to a Strategic HRM approach

Aligning the strategy with HRM

  • Understanding corporate, business and HR strategy
  • Achieving alignment between the business and HR strategy

Formulating an effective HR strategy

  • Key stakeholders and their needs
  • The Resource Based View
  • Analyzing and developing resources and capabilities

Achieving competitive advantage through HR

  • The role of HR in achieving competitive advantage
  • Making and implementing strategic HRM decisions

Day – 2 (Interactive Workshop - Implementation)

Form groups of participants

  • 2-3 groups
  • Groups with diverse backgrounds and experience

Detect important HR-related problems and areas for improvement

  • Problems related to strategically positioning HR in the organization
  • Problems or improvement areas in different HR functions

Identify possible solutions and propose changes

  • Work in groups to propose changes/solutions
  • Discuss in class to identify best practice solutions

Devise an implementation plan

  • Propose a budget and time plan
  • Identify actions, resources and milestones

Manage the first steps to implementing the solution

  • Identify critical success factors and risk factors
  • Start implementing the proposed solution


All CIIM Executive Education programmes are developed and taught by CIIM resident and visiting faculty who are widely recognised as skilled professional trainers with local and international business experience. Through many years of business consulting and teaching experience, CIIM faculty develop innovative long-lasting practical concepts that shape the practice of your daily professional responsibilities. The result is a practical educational experience which is designed to have an immediate effect into your business environment.

Alexandros Papalexandris
Alexandros Papalexandris


Alexandros Papalexandris

Alexandros is an assistant professor at the department of business administration of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London and an MBA and PhD from AUEB.

He has worked at Deloitte and Touche Consulting as a senior consultant for three years, and he has performed numerous consulting and research projects for private and public organizations in Greece, Cyprus and abroad.

He has more than 15 years consulting experience in the field of strategy and performance management and more than 10 years of experience in training and executive development, for which he has received numerous excellence in teaching awards.

His research has been published in leading international academic journals (e.g., Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, International Journal of Human Resource Management) and in international academic conferences (e.g., Academy of Management Conference, Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, European Group of Organization Studies).

Programme Fee

Per Participant: €380

No VAT is charged due to CIIM’s non-profit status. Fees include tuition, educational materials, lunch, coffee-breaks and refreshments.


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