Business & HR Strategy

Align your company's strategic plan with an HR strategic plan.

This course will develop the student’s understanding and appreciation of the role of strategic human resources management in an organization’s success. Students will learn how to design and implement business and HR strategic plan and teaches how to align the plan to influence organizational effectiveness and impact. 


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • 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


For individuals pursuing their certificate, this course satisfies one out of the six course program requirements. For HR professionals seeking SHRM recertification, this course earns 24 professional development credits (PDCs).

Course Format: Self-Paced Online
Schedule: Begin the Sunday following enrollment.
Tuition: $799
CEUs: 2.4
Registration Opens:


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Anticipate 4-5 hours per week working through the 5-week class.


Discussion posts due on Mondays and all other deliverables due on Saturdays.

Getting Started

Begin your class on the Sunday following paid registration.

Elissa O’Brien

With more than 25 years of 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.

Elissa O’Brien

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