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Unformatted text preview: Accounting Information Systems, 8e 1 SOLUTIONS FOR CHAPTER 14 Discussion Questions DQ14-1 In this chapter, we stated that many organizations view human capital as an important variable in the formula of economic success. Discuss the role the HR management process plays in optimizing an organizations human capital. ANS. The HR management process supports the optimization of an organizations human capital as follows: Captures, records, and stores data concerning personnel activities such as location, skills, benefits, and performance. Generates forms and documents for personnel evaluations, contract negotiations, and benefits. Prepares management reports for planning human capital needs, managing training requirements, leveraging human capital skills through management of the skills bank, and so on. Specifically, the HR management process supports the managers depicted in Figure 14.2 as follows: Manager of safety, health services, and benefits: A computerized HR management process handles the large amounts of data necessary to administer a flexible benefits plan. The HR management process can assist in administering an organizations insurance programs, including self insurance. Manager of employee and industrial relations: The HR management process can help track the progress of employee grievances. Also, such grievances might be precluded with the assistance of the HR management process. The HR management process can maintain the data necessary to offer wages that account for pay equity, comparable worth, and market. Should layoffs be necessary, the HR management process can provide the data necessary to determine what employees will be laid off in light of operational requirements and union rules. Manager of human resource systems: The HR management process is the means by which this manager performs her functionto satisfy the information needs of HR managers and staff workers. Manager of personnel planning and staffing: The data stored by the HR management process can track skills needed for certain jobs and skills possessed by employees. The data can provide a historical perspective to 2 Solutions for Chapter 14 know how positions have been filled. This information would be used in planning recruiting programs and for succession planning. Manager of personnel appraisal and development: The HR management process retains appraisal and development data useful in charting employee careers and in optimizing employee turnover. DQ14-2 Discuss the significance of having a separate organizational unit for the HR function (reporting to the vice president of HR), as opposed to having the HR function housed within an administrative organizational unit (reporting to a manager of HR)....
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