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HR strategy and competitive strategy at Marks & Spencer

INTRODUCTION This case on Marks & Spencer (M&S) presents us with considerable organizational challenges – many of them being central to HR strategy. When a company as successful as Marks & Spencer appears to lose its way, then it is far from obvious as to the most appropriate strategy to adopt. It is all too easy to try to manage incrementally within the current mind-set; alternatively, in desperation, strategies may sometimes be adopted that, although innovative, merely plunge the company into even deeper crisis. In this case study we will ask you to help to evolve HR strategies to turn M&S (as at 2001/2002) around.