Strategic Human Resource Management plays crucial role in every business organization no matter if it is commercial or non-commercial. According to Dessler, “strategic human resource management means formulating and executing human resource policies and practices that produce the employee competencies and behaviours a company needs to achieve its strategic aims” (2011). This paper is focused on the analysis of relations between corporate and HRM strategy on the example of institution – KIMEP University.
KIMEP University is an institution of higher education offering credit-based, North American-style degree curricula in Almaty, Kazakhstan. KIMEP is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational institute serving a multicultural, multinational student body, JSC (KIMEP official website, 2014). There are approximately 4, ooo students enrolled and around 984 employees (723 – administrative staff; 261 – lecturers) working in the university. In addition, KIMEP University offers 16 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, economics, finance, accounting, public administration, political science, international relations, law, journalism, the social sciences, English pedagogy, etc. (2013-2014 Academic Year Catalog, 2014). KIMEP faculty members, students, administrative staff are the part of various policy-making bodies (see Appendix 1).
According to KIMEP official website, the mission of the university is “to develop well-educated citizens and to improve the quality of life in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region through teaching, learning, community service and the advancement of knowledge in the fields of business administration and social sciences.” (2014). KIMEP’s logo is “committed to excellence” for quite a long of time. Dessler (2011) mentions that there three types of strategies organizations have: 1) Corporate-level strategy 2) Competitive strategy 3) Functional (HR) strategy.
The corporate strategy of the university is aimed to “delivering a world-class education experience to all its students” (KIMEP 2011-2014 Strategy, 2014). KIMEP is focused to become a world-class university that delivers qualified, skilful and knowledgeable graduates to the society (see Appendix 2). In the document “KIMEP 2011-2014 Strategy” there were identified eleven priority areas as the part of strategic plan of the university (list of priorities in Appendix 3). All the priorities are crucial for the development of university and the maintaining of success. Among these eleven priorities there is one named “Ensure a committed core faculty” that is crucial priority for teaching university and it is directly related to the HR strategy of the university.
Analyzing KIMEP University, it is clearly seen that KIMEP’s competitive strategy is differentiation. University offers “world-class curriculum based on international standards”, taking leading positions in the support system such as “a first-rate Language Center, the largest English-language...