Business and HR Strategy

Develop an Effective HR Strategy That Aligns With Organizational Goals

By enrolling in Bryant University’s Business and HR Strategy course, you’ll develop an understanding of for the role that strategic human resources management contributes to an organization’s success. Learn how to design and implement a business and HR strategic plan that aligns with an organization's goals.

Key Knowledge Areas in Business and HR Strategy

Through this Business and HR Strategy course — part of Bryant’s Human Resource Management Certificate program — you will:

  • Understand and apply information to develop an organization’s strategic plan and an aligned HR strategic plan.
  • Interpret information and data to make business decisions and recommendations.
  • Direct and contribute HR initiatives and processes within an organization.
  • Provide guidance to organizations stakeholders.
  • Effectively exchange information with key stakeholders.
  • Manage relationships and interactions across the enterprise to provide impactful HR support to the entire organization.


  • Individuals completing the Human Resource Management Certificate
  • HR professionals seeking SHRM recertification 

Highlight: SHRM Recertification

Current HR professionals can earn 24 professional development credits (PDCs) for SHRM recertification with this course.

Course Requirements

This five-week, self-paced course includes guided learning with multimedia, interactive modules, and curated readings. Discussion posts are due on Mondays and all other deliverables are due on Saturdays. Expect approximately 4-5 hours of work per week.  

First-time online learner? “Strategies for Success” is a one-week module that will familiarize you with our learning system before you begin your program and ensure you are ready to participate. Required for all first-time, self-paced Bryant learners.

Course Format: Online, Self-Paced
Schedule: 5-week course, 4-5 hours/week
Begin the Sunday following enrollment
Tuition: $799
CEUs: 2.4
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Certificate Requirements

This course is part of the Human Resources Management Certificate. In order to receive the certificate, you must complete six courses from the list below: 

Bryant Value

Preferred Provider

Bryant is an SHRM approved provider and an HRCI approved provider.

High-Caliber Faculty

All of our online courses are taught by top-notch Bryant faculty or industry experts who are leaders within their field.

Interactive Learning

During this 5-week course, you’ll spend 4-5 hours per week on guided learning, interactive modules, and curated reading.

Meet Your Instructor: Elissa O’Brien

With more than 25 years experience in human resources, Elissa O’Brien, SHRM-SCP, is an expert at analyzing evidence-based data to make pragmatic business decisions. In her current role at WorldatWork, a global association for HR professionals and business leaders, she leads multiple teams responsible for membership, affiliates, strategic partnerships, and customer and partner success. As a former chief human resources officer in several mid-cap organizations, her expertise spans human resources, business development, and strategic initiatives. A Bryant University adjunct faculty member, she teaches HR analytics and business and strategy. She earned an MBA and a Master of Science in Managerial Technology from Johnson & Wales University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Salve Regina University.

Meet Your Instructor: Elissa O’Brien

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