Strategic hrm – week 2 assignment | MGT 490 Strategic Human Resources Planning | Ashford University


Part 2 – Environment Analysis

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read the Swot Analysis: Discover New Opportunities to Manage and Eliminate Threats (Links to an external site.) article. 

Optimal solutions are determined when a researcher has a thorough  understanding of a company and its industry, along with the strengths  and weaknesses that impact its future viability.  In the second part of  your plan, perform a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunity,  and Threats) on your chosen organization and provide an analysis of  these results in light of the problem or issue under study. Based on  your SWOT analysis, explain how the problem or issue impacts the  organization and its competitive position within the industry.

The complete instructions for Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Final Paper  can be found at the bottom, after “The Part 2 – Environment Analysis paper” instructions.

The Part 2 – Environment Analysis paper

  • Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including  title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style  
  • Must include a separate title page with the following: 
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must utilize academic voice. 
  • Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your  introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that  indicates the purpose of your paper. 
  • Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text. 
  • Must document any information used from sources in APA style
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style.

Instructions for Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Final Paper


As the global marketplace becomes increasingly more competitive, it  is incumbent upon human resources to broaden its strategic mission and  become a strategic partner with executive staff. This requires human  resources to have a detailed understanding of not only the human  resources field, but the strengths and challenges of its organization,  and the complexities of its industry. Through these units of knowledge,  human resources can maximize its value by providing competent advice and  counsel to its organization as it strives to achieve its strategic  objectives.

The comprehensive Final Paper comprises four parts, with Parts 1, 2,  and 3 submitted during the first three weeks of the course. In Week 5, a  cohesive final paper will be due that includes Part 4, an executive  summary, and the previously submitted Parts 1, 2, and 3. This final  paper should be eight to ten pages and should incorporate any comments  or suggestions made by the instructor on Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Focus of the Final Paper

In your final project, you are to choose a major problem/issue  affecting an organization of your choice, and then utilize your detailed  knowledge of human resources and strategic planning to develop a  comprehensive plan that minimizes, and hopefully eliminates, this threat  to your chosen organization’s ability to meet its long-range  organizational goals and objectives. The components of this  comprehensive project are as follows:

  • Executive Summary: Your final paper should begin with  an Executive Summary, which is an abbreviated capture of the entire  paper and as such should touch upon all major points while engaging the  reader.
  • Part 1 – Overview of Organization/Problem (due in Week 1):  Provide an overview of the organization and the problem/issue that  challenges that organization. Next, detail how the problem/issue affects  (or can affect) the future viability of the organization. Finally,  discuss the principle role of human resources in an organization and how  human resources can provide critical advice and counsel to the  organization in addressing this challenge. This section of the paper  should be two to three pages.
  • Part 2 – Environment Analysis (due in Week 2): Optimal  solutions are determined when a researcher has a thorough understanding  of a company and its industry, along with the strengths and weaknesses  that impact its future viability. In the second part of your plan,  perform a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunity, and  Threats) on your chosen organization and provide an analysis of these  results in light of the problem or issue under study. Be attentive to  identifying how the problem or issue impacts the organization and its  competitive position within the industry. This section of the paper  should be two to three pages.
  • Part 3 – Financial Analysis (due in Week 3): Nearly  every problem or issue confronting an organization has a financial or  budgetary impact. For instance, staff turnover has not only a direct  cost on recruitment expenses, training costs, and productivity, but also  an indirect cost related to the loss of organizational learning. In  Part 3, detail the financial implications to the organization related to  your problem or issue, including the additional costs that may arise if  the problem or issue is not resolved effectively. This section of the  paper should be two to three pages.
  • Part 4 – Recommendations (due in Week 5): The final  part of your comprehensive project incorporates your recommendations.  Based on your work in Parts 1, 2, and 3, provide 2-3 recommendations to  organizational leadership that would resolve the problem/issue in  question. Be sure to detail any challenges the organization should  consider in implementing your recommendations (culture, motivation,  etc.) and your strategy to overcome these challenges. This section of  the paper should be two to three pages.

Note that some of the information related to this project may not be  readily available in course materials, requiring you to research  contemporary management trends in the public sector.

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