Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy | Queen's University IRC

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Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy

AHR 401
3 Credits

Optimizing the Impact of HR Practices on Business Results

A company’s human talent provides an unrivalled competitive advantage in today’s global environment. To optimize that unique ability, human resource professionals must design and foster an employee culture that directly aligns HR practises with organizational goals and actively contributes to the bottom line.

The Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy program complements our Advanced HR program, augmenting the core competencies of HR professionals with business acumen and skills that will both engage senior teams and earn executive-level sponsorship and support.

Tour of the Program

Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy gives HR professionals the deeper knowledge required to connect HR practices and programs to organizational success:

a) Understanding Business Strategy

You’ll enhance your knowledge of key business drivers and core elements of business models that impact business results. We’ll discuss market segmentation, product and service design, and how organizations – and HR Professionals – create value. We’ll also explain the dynamic interplay between revenues, costs and risk, and demonstrate how strong HR practices contribute to profitability.

b) Linking to Strategy

You will learn how to connect HR practices and your current HR Strategy to your organization’s business goals and objectives. We’ll discuss how various stakeholder perspectives impact your plan and work with you to develop a strong framework of recommendations and actions that directly apply to your work environment.

c) Practices and Teams that Drive Results

HR disciplines can impact business strategy, but your leadership is crucial to success. We’ll show you how to leverage training, development and performance management programs for organizational success, and how to fully engage your HR teams to keep them focused on business goals. 

d) Let's Talk Business

You’ll need to learn the language of numbers to successfully communicate and contribute to strategic discussions within your organization. We’ll show you how to design and measure programs that deliver business value to your organization through periods of ongoing change. 

Learning Outcomes

Transforming knowledge into action

You'll learn how to:​

  • Deliver HR  practices that directly impact your organization’s revenue streams and cost management initiatives
  • Support your organization’s risk management strategy by identifying how HR practices play a key role in managing and mitigating business risk. 
  • Speak the “language of business” to develop and implement practices that produce specific and sustainable financial results
  • Develop innovative, relevant programs and processes that earn the respect and endorsement of senior business-line executives
  • Optimize HR strategies and practices to create a positive employee culture that’s focused on and ready to contribute to organizational goals​


HR practices that speak business

This program promises to deliver:

  • Key HR practices that align with and contribute to successful business strategies
  • Greater knowledge of key issues and decisions that drive successful initiatives
  • Tools and resources to design, articulate, implement and measure the impact of successful HR solutions
  • Effective collaboration between HR professionals and senior team leaders
  • A motivated and talented team working together to build competitive advantage and business success

Takeaway Tools

  • Relevant questions and business analysis tools to engage HR teams business leaders
  • Case studies, exercises and business analysis frameworks that can be use in your environment with your HR teams to transfer the concepts and learning into your organization.
  • Relevant, updated reading list for reference by participants post-workshop

Who Should Attend

HR professionals in the private and public sectors with five to ten years of experience in the HR field and a good working knowledge of primary HR disciplines

Facilitators and Speakers

Lead Facilitator(s)

Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison is an international consultant and facilitator focused on strategy, sales and talent management for mid-sized to large organizations, including government, public service and healthcare organizations.

Jim started his career in financial services, working as a money trader for RBC/Dominion Securities.  He has over 30 years’ experience in consulting, training, and executive coaching. He works with clients in North & South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and regularly facilitates strategy and training sessions for such well-known companies as IBM, Accenture, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, Fuji, AGFA, TD Bank, AT&T, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC.

Jim received his B.Sc. degree in Finance from...

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Paul Juniper

Paul Juniper (MA, Geography (York); Honourary Life Member, HRPA) was the sixth Director of the Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre (Queen’s IRC), serving in that role from 2006 to 2018.  Paul is a leading and respected figure in Canada's HR community, with over 30 years of experience in human resources and association leadership.

Paul is particularly sought for his views on the future of the human resources profession. He speaks regularly at conferences on trends in human resources, and the ways in which individuals and their organizations can continue to raise the bar on HR. Paul developed and designed the Queen’s IRC Advanced HR Certificate to meet the increasingly complex professional development...

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Guest Speaker(s)

*The roster of speakers is subject to change.

Venues and Accommodations

Mar 8-11, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat

Queen’s IRC will deliver this program virtually, via Zoom, and all participants will attend the program live as it happens. Plan to use video, as appropriate, and have a dedicated working space to participate and engage with the class.

Sep 27-Oct 1, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat

Queen’s IRC will deliver this program virtually, via Zoom, and all participants will attend the program live as it happens. Plan to use video, as appropriate, and have a dedicated working space to participate and engage with the class.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a program?

You can register online, call us toll-free at 1-888-858-7838, or email us at Once you register, we will send you a confirmation by email. Information about the program location, check-in time, and the agenda will follow.

How do I pay for the program?

If you are registering online, you may pay by Visa or MasterCard.  You may also choose to be invoiced first, and pay by cheque (payable to Queen's University) or credit card. You may also wish to call us with your credit card number to make the payment.

If your organization is tax exempt, we will require a copy of your tax exemption certificate.

Do you offer discounts?

We offer an Early-Bird discount for in-person programs. If you register 60 days before the start of a program, you will save $300 on the tuition of four- and five-day programs, and $150 on two- and three-day programs. Virtual programs are offered at approximately 15% less than our in-person rates and are not eligible for an Early-Bird rate.

If you register three people from the same organization in the same program at the same time, you will receive a 10% discount on program fees. If you register five or more people in the same program at the same time, you will receive a 20% discount. These discounts apply to both in-person and virtual training.

If you know you will be pursuing a Queen's Certificate and would like to remit tuition in one payment before your first program, we offer a 10% discount on program fees. Contact us at for more information.

Please note that only one discount may be applied.

What is included in the registration fee?

Program fees include tuition, workbook materials, lunches, and some dinners. You are responsible for transportation, accommodation, and some meals.

Once I enroll in a program, may I cancel without penalty?

Substitutions are permitted with no penalty 8 days or more from the program start date.
Substitutions 7 days or less before the program start date will be subject to a $500 charge.
Transfers and cancellations are permitted with no penalty up to 15 days prior to the program start date.
Transfers and cancellations 14 days or less from the program start date will be subject to a 100% charge of the program fee.

Where does the program take place?

Our programs typically take place at a hotel. This information can be found in the tab above, called Venue and Accommodations.

I would like to make my travel plans.  What are the start and end times for the program?

Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy starts at 8:30 a.m. on the first day. (Registration runs from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.)

The program finishes at 4:00 p.m. on the last day.

If I am working towards a Queen's IRC Certificate, which course should I take first?

You may take the programs in any order that reflects your learning needs at the time. Our certificates feature a core program or programs that introduce you to what we consider the core competencies of the field. The remaining programs offer a deeper exploration of each area. For this reason, we find that participants in the certificate stream benefit most by taking the foundational program first.

My level of expertise is above the foundational program for the certificate I am working on. Do I still need to take that program to earn a certificate?

Queen's IRC offers participants maximum flexibility to customize their individual training needs. Upon request, participants with advanced expertise may skip the foundational program, and choose another program from our entire program lineup, for credit towards a certificate. Participants must earn 12 credits to earn a certificate.

How long do I have to complete a certificate?

We attach no timeline for achieving your certificate. Once you have earned a credit, you have earned the credit. We do recommend, however, that participants complete their certificate within one to six years. Most people earn their certificates within three years.

What if I want to take one of your programs but do not want to pursue a certificate?

That's fine. All of our programs may be taken individually, and you can mix and match the courses in labour relations, human resources and organization development, depending on your learning needs. At the conclusion of each program, you are given a certificate of completion.

I have taken a custom program with the IRC.  Will this count towards a certificate?

Yes. Participants who take an IRC custom program may also use their training days as credits towards a certificate.

If I have other questions, who may I speak with personally?

For a program registration query, please feel free to call us at 1-888-858-7838 or 613-533-6628. To reach the Director and staff members, consult our online directory. To reach one of our facilitators, please contact Stephanie Noel at 613-533-6000 ext. 77088 or