Aligning employees through line of sight Academic Article uri icon


  • Aligning employees with the firm's larger strategic goals is critical if organizations hope to manage their human capital effectively and ultimately attain strategic success. An important component of attaining and sustaining this alignment is for employees to have a "line of sight" (LOS) with their organization's strategic objectives. In this article, we illustrate how the translation of calculated firm goals into tangible results requires that employees not only understand the organization's strategy, but also accurately appreciate what actions are aligned with realizing that strategy. Using recent empirical evidence, theoretical insights, and tangible examples of exemplary firm practices, we provide thought-leaders with a comprehensive view of LOS by showing how it can be created, how it can be enhanced or stifled, and how it can be effectively managed. Further, we integrate LOS with current thinking on employee alignment to help managers more effectively benefit from understanding human capital potential. 2006 Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

published proceedings

  • Business Horizons

author list (cited authors)

  • Boswell, W. R., Bingham, J. B., & Colvin, A.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Boswell, Wendy R||Bingham, John B||Colvin, Alexander JS

publication date

  • January 2006