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Strategic Human Resource Management

Aligning strategy, people and performance.

Achieve an in-depth understanding of how to seamlessly link HR with business strategy and learn best practices for effectively integrating leadership development and succession.


The HR function is core to the achievement of long-term organizational success. Business strategies can only be effectively implemented if the organization has the leadership capabilities in place to support the achievement of a differentiated strategic position. This in turn requires the organization to have in place an HR function that is itself strategic in its orientation and capabilities.

Rotman’s Strategic HR Management Program provides participants with an understanding of what constitutes strategic HR management, and introduces them to the concepts and tools required to implement those strategic HR practices in their own organizations. 

Participants are exposed to current best practices across the spectrum of HR responsibilities, including:

  • The Nature of Strategy and Competitive Advantage
  • Linking HR to Business Strategy
  • Aligning HR Strategy & Structure
  • Talent Management
  • Integrated Leadership Development and Succession
  • Building Employee Engagement
  • Driving Change
  • Defining and Fostering Culture

Over the course of five days participants explore the critical elements that compose a successful human resource strategy including how to align strategy, people, performance and culture. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges and dilemmas that senior human resource leaders face in their complex roles as strategist, change agent, integrator and business manager.

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In addition to the core five-day program, the program includes a half-day follow-up session two months following the program. This follow-up session provides an opportunity for participants to share how they have implemented their learning from the program. It is also a chance to solicit feedback from faculty and peers on obstacles they may have encountered implementing program best practices and seek advice on “wicked issues” that continue to challenge them professionally.

What really stood out for me in Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Management Program was the learning experience.  Hugh and Rose are absolutely phenomenal teachers, leaders, mentors and coaches.  I learned a lot from them and they are both very inspirational.  The discussions were fantastic in that we weren't being lectured to as students  but were being engaged in a discussion as adults.  Also the discussions and examples shared were personal examples that Rose and Hugh relayed – they were real examples where we got to see what worked and didn't work.

Renata Kleban | Director, HR Business Solutions
Infrastructure Ontario

Key Benefits

  • Understand and appreciate the key linkages between business strategy and HR strategy
  • Develop the capacity to articulate and implement an effective HR strategy
  • Understand the central role of HR in developing and implementing the organization’s talent management processes and systems
  • Identify key HR strategies and initiatives which enhance employee engagement
  • Enhance capabilities in leading and managing change
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the nature or organizational culture and how HR can support culture change initiatives
  • Appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of alternative approaches to structuring the HR function in order to support business leaders most effectively

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As a result of Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Management Program,  I was able to take a step back and make sure that the entire organization was engaged, and had a good understanding of the project I was working on.  Seeking alignment has made the project run more smoothly than if I had forged ahead, as planned.

Brent Chamberlain | Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion


This program has been approved for 50 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

I came to Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Management Program seeking knowledge in succession planning and what I came away with was the skill set to look at things differently and with a new perspective.

Phillip Kotanidis | Manager, HR & Labour Relations
Toronto East General Hospital

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for individuals with a minimum of five years of managerial experience. Professionals who will benefit from this program are:

  • Individuals recently appointed as head of the HR function for their organization or business unit
  • Individuals with HR experience who wish to broaden their perspective and prepare to take on broader responsibilities as head of HR for their organization or business unit
  • Individuals with senior responsibilities from other functional areas who seek to gain a deeper appreciation for the HR function and how it adds value in well managed organizations

As a learner in the Strategic Human Resources Management Program, the half-day follow up session offered excellent value. Reconnecting with the facilitators and with other participants to review the application of our learnings in our workplaces solidified many aspects of the program for me.  Hearing from fellow participants about their successes and challenges in advancing the application of the course’s concepts and models demonstrated we are all making progress and that our opportunities are similar across our organizations, whether they are small or large, public or private.

Sharon Robinson, CHRP | Manager, Human Resources
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia


Day One

Day Two

Day Three

  • Strategy & Competitive Advantage
  • Business Strategy
  • The Integrated Model
  • Assessment Strategies
  • HR's Evolving Role 
  • Engagement Strategies
  • Performance vs Potential
  • Succession

Day Four

Day Five

  • Culture and Building
  • Driving Change
  • Performance Alignment & Compensation
  • Aligning the Human Resources Structure
  • Strategy 


Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.

Meet the faculty and instructors teaching in the Strategic Human Resources Management Program

Hugh Arnold

Hugh Arnold »

Headshot - Rose Patten

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Fee: $9,000 CAD + HST

Included in program fee*:

  • tuition
  • all program materials and supplies
  • completion certificate
  • class-day meals (breakfast, lunch and breaks)

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A deposit of 50% of the program fee is required at time of application. The balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before the start of the program, whichever is first.

Application Process

Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form.

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Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.

Participant Notification Process

If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.

Payment and Fee Reduction


Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form. Deposits will be refunded to applicants not accepted to the program.

Fee Reduction

Rotman Executive Program graduates or Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a discount equivalent to 10% of the program tuition. In addition, partner discounts are also offered for some programs. Where program applicants are eligible for more than one discount, only the greater discount will be applied towards the tuition fee. Discounts are not redeemable for cash.

*Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs. Participants requiring accommodation during the program are eligible for preferred Rotman rates at select hotels. For more information contact an Executive Programs representative at

Dates and FeesMark your calendar

A 5-day intensive program with a 1/2 day post-program workshop


January 21–25, 2019
+ 1/2 day post-program workshop (TBA)


Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario


Participant profile:
Individuals with a minimum of five years of managerial experience


$9,000 CAD + HST


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Questions? We're here to help!
Speak to our expert Learning Advisor about choosing the right program for you or your organization.

Tel: 416.978.8815

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