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Operationalizing the strategic net benefit (SNB) of HR

Lisa A. Burke (Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business Administration, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA)
Chengho Hsieh (Department of Economics and Finance, College of Business Administration, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Shreveport, Lousiana USA)

Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting

ISSN: 1401-338X

Article publication date: 1 January 2005

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Abstract

Purpose

A pressing research question in human resources (HR) is how to determine the value HR adds to a firm. This article seeks to address this issue

Design/methodology/approach

As summarized here, benchmarking techniques, ROI tools, behavioral analyses and other types of quantitative efforts have attempted to provide answers, but such methods also have downsides. In the present paper, the long‐established finance concept of net present value (NPV) is applied in order to determine the value that HR activities provide to an organization's business strategy.

Findings

A specific example is used to illustrate how NPV can be used to value the HR activities in a firm pursuing an innovation business strategy. An explanation is also given of how NPV can be used in making decisions related to HR outsourcing.

Practical implications

NPV is used to operationalize the strategic net benefit (SNB) of HR's costs and contributions to a firm's business strategy.

Originality/value

The long‐established finance concept of net present value (NPV) is applied in order to determine the value that HR activities provide to an organization's business strategy.

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Citation

Burke, L.A. and Hsieh, C. (2005), "Operationalizing the strategic net benefit (SNB) of HR", Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 26-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/14013380510636685

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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