1. Read Section 1.6, A Moment in the Life of an HR Manager, from Chapter 1 of the course text and watch Aligning HR With Business Strategy Featuring Wayne Cascio, PhD (Links to an external site.). Do you believe frontline managers have an active role in HR? Why or why not? Compare the functions and practices of human resource managers with front-end managers and provide examples to support your point of view. Your initial post must be a minimum of 250 words. Cite at least one scholarly source to support your response.
2. A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool that organizations utilize to identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) that may exist in a specific situation. Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read SWOT Analysis: Discover New Opportunities, Manage and Eliminate Threats (Links to an external site.). Conduct a basic SWOT analysis of an organization or a department you belong to using this SWOT Analysis Worksheet. Once completed, attach your SWOT Analysis Worksheet to the discussion. In the body of the post, provide an overview of the organization or your department and discuss how you see these factors affecting the direction of HR. Explain how HR can be involved as a strategic partner in addressing the results of the SWOT analysis. Your initial post must be a minimum of 250 words. Cite at least one scholarly source to support your response.