Case | HBS Case Collection | June 1991 (Revised March 1995)

Becton Dickinson (C): Human Resource Function

by Michael Beer


The new vice president of Human Resources (HR) for Becton Dickinson must develop a strategy to reconceptualize the HR function as mandated by the CEO who has introduced formal strategic planning procedures in the organization. The teaching objective is to understand the role of the HR function in a large organization in the context of the development of corporate strategy.

Keywords: Human Resources; Strategic Planning; Corporate Strategy; Health Industry;


Beer, Michael. "Becton Dickinson (C): Human Resource Function." Harvard Business School Case 491-154, June 1991. (Revised March 1995.)