Strategic HRM at Asda

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The aim of this essay is to examine the rationale behind the development of strategic HR management policies, with a particular focus on the EI (employee involvement) model. An example of how these policies are implemented in a practical environment is provided through a brief case study of the EI practices adopted by the UK Asda supermarket chain.

A corporation’s workforce represents one of its most critical resources (Salaman et al 2005; Beardwell et al 2014; Armstrong and Taylor 2014). As indicated in the research by Alan Price (2007), unless organised and motivated to conduct their duties in a positive manner, it is apparent that workforce disruptions are likely to occur.  Consequently, it is not surprising to find there has been an increase in the literature promoting the importance of implementing a strategic human resource management (SHRM). Among the SHRM models that have resulted from these studies, one of the most widely adopted is “employee involvement” (EI) (Price 2007: 92).