The Ritz-Carlton Case

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Introduction For the opening of The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington D.C. the company once again aims to achieve an excellent standard of service quality. Their excellent service is one of the main strengths and the company highly values its employees, recognizing them as one of their most important resources. The following paper will provide a thorough analysis of the case using theories that could help the Ritz-Carlton deciding on how to achieve their usual standard. Best-fit elements in Ritz-Carlton Every company has its own environment, its context in which to try and make operations as successful and rewarding as possible. Different countries, sectors, systems and employee groups are all part of it (Boxall and Purcell, 2008), while there is an increasing awareness that human resources are of high importance to a company’s performance. Considering the people of a company being such an important resource, the challenge occurs to align human resources with the company’s strategy at best possible, in order to reach its goals. This best-fit theory includes a horizontal fit, meaning the fit between different HR practices in order to establish one coherent HR system. It also includes the vertical fit, meaning the alignment of the company’s strategy with the HR practices throughout the company (Delery, 1998). The Ritz-Carlton management aims to be excellent in what they do: providing excellent service, which as they say accidentally occurs in the hotel-business. The company follows the practices of Total Quality Management (TQM) while focusing on guidelines of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award as well as establishing Service Quality Indicators. Aspects that they focus on are the cost of poor quality, continuous improvement, quality planning, benchmarking, supplier certification and quality audits. The HRM practices of Ritz-Carlton start with…...

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