Human Resources as a Source of Competitive Advantage

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 102
  • Published : May 4, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
Cornell University ILR School

DigitalCommons@ILR
CAHRS Working Paper Series Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS)

10-14-1993

Human Resources as a Source of Competitive Advantage
Lee Dyer
Cornell University

Follow this and additional works at: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cahrswp This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) at DigitalCommons@ILR. It has been accepted for inclusion in CAHRS Working Paper Series by an authorized administrator of DigitalCommons@ILR. For more information, please contact jdd10@cornell.edu.

Human Resources as a Source of Competitive Advantage
Abstract

[Excerpt] For business it's a tough world that's getting tougher. The reasons are familiar enough: global competition, deregulation, finicky and tough customers, concerned and demanding stockholders, and a dizzying pace of constant change. Rare indeed is the company which has found a comfortable niche in this chaotic world. Keywords

human resource, HR, organization, pay, performance, work, employee, business, strategies Comments

Suggested Citation Dyer, L. (1993). Human resources as a source of competitive advantage (CAHRS Working Paper #93-18). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cahrswp/273

This article is available at DigitalCommons@ILR: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cahrswp/273

HUMAN RESOURCES AS A SOURCE OF COMPETITIVE ADVANT AGE

Lee Dyer Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies School of Industrial and Labor Relations Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853-3901 (607) 255-2273

Working Paper #93-18

Research Supported by CAHRS Prepared as The Don Wood Lecture in Industrial Relations Industrial Relations Centre Queen's University October 14, 1993

This paper has not undergone formal review or approval of the faculty of the ILR SchooL It is intended to make results of Center research, conferences, and projects available to others interested in human resource management in preliminary form to encourage discussion and suggestions.

For business it's a tough world that's getting
tougher. The reasons are familiar finicky enough: global customers, pace has

competition, concerned of constant found

deregulation,

and tough

and demanding change.

stockholders, indeed in this

and a dizzying which

Rare niche

is the company chaotic world.

a comfortable

So, the search

is on for a competitive

advantage,

preferably one that might prove sustainable over some
period Core built of time. Business strategies identified are being rethought. cases, old

competencies from

are being

or, in many

scratch.

Reorganization

is rampant.

staid

bureaucracies
flexible

are being dismantled in favor of more nimble,
forms. New technologies and

organizational

information systems are being created to harness knowledge and tie disparate organizational entities together. attention is turning to the human competencies and capacities it takes to bring these transformed enterprises to life.

And,

Enter theory,

human

resource amount

strategy.

Backed

by a little

a small

of research,

and a lot of old-

fashioned trial and error, many variations of such strategies are being frequently prescribed and sometimes

2

Property

of

MARTIN

P.

CATHERWOOD LIBRARY
MW lAP,UP RtlATlDNS
LJnJ\(~~' sfhl

NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL INDUSTR!Al
C;orneP

tried been

in these some real

new business success

enviror.ments.

While there have
questions there is to

stories,

many unanswered enough. it will But,

remain.

The key issues work

seem clear

considerable make solid

to be done before about

be possible human

recommendations

employing

resources

as critical success factors in the search...
tracking img