Billy Beane


Based on the “Billy Beane: Changing the Game” case,
1. explain how and why the Oakland A’s economic situation after 1995 shaped its:
a) Compensation strategies
b) Staffing (recruiting, selection, and retention strategies) strategies
c) Training and development strategies
2. Explain how the compensation, staffing, and training strategies were aligned or integrated with each other to create an overall HR strategy for the Oakland A’s organization.
Are there potential problems with the HR strategies adopted by the Oakland A’s?


Based on this case, there are many factors that lead to the change in the operation strategies after the economic situation of 1995.  The compensation strategies were shaped by the poor economic performance of the Oakland A’s. The previous owner had been generous to the company and did not mind spending even at a loss so longs as Oakland A’s kept on winning games. However, the new owners could not match the financial demand of the club and it was forced to adopt a lean payroll. This affected the compensation strategies because the club was struggling to stay afloat with meager financial resources.  In addition, the economic situation also affected the staffing and the training and development strategies. In staffing, the team could no longer afford to higher the best players who obviously required higher pays. It had to narrow down to upcoming players who demanded less pay.