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The importance of vision statements for human resource management – functions of human resource management in creating and leveraging vision statements

Jan Laser (Hamburg, Germany)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 12 July 2021

Issue publication date: 1 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the connections between vision statements, leadership and human resource management (HRM) to clarify what contribution HRM has to make in translating an organizational goal into a vision statement.

Design/methodology/approach

The importance of vision statements is explained. Empirical data are used to illustrate the failure of many companies to exploit the potential of a vision statement. Finally, the role of HRM in formulating a vision statement is discussed.

Findings

“Vision statement” is another term for primary organizational goal. Setting this primary goal is an indispensable task of leadership. If the vision statement is missing, HRM should remedy the situation.

Originality/value

The added value of this paper lies in explaining why vision statements are relevant for both leadership and HRM and the functions and leading role of HRM in actualizing the vision statement.

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Citation

Laser, J. (2021), "The importance of vision statements for human resource management – functions of human resource management in creating and leveraging vision statements", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 145-147. https://doi.org/10.1108/SHR-05-2021-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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