The HR Value Proposition

Dave Ulrich & Wayne Brockbank



The international best seller Human Resource Champions helped set the HR agenda for the 1990s and enabled HR professionals to become strategic partners in their organizations. But earning a seat at the executive table was only the beginning. Today's HR leaders must also bring substantial value to that table. Drawing on their 16-year study of over 29,000 HR professionals and line managers, leading HR experts Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank propose The HR Value Proposition. The authors argue that HR value creation requires a deep understanding of external business realities and how key stakeholders both inside and outside the company define value.

Ulrich and Brockbank provide practical tools and worksheets for leveraging this knowledge to create HR practices, build organizational capabilities, design HR strategy, and marshal resources that create value for customers, investors, executives, and employees. Written by the field's premier trailblazers, this book charts the path HR professionals must take to help lead their organizations into the future. Ulrich is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Business and the author of 12 books and more than 100 articles on the subject of human resources. Brockbank is a clinical professor of business at the University of Michigan School of Business, the author of award-winning papers on HR strategy, and an adviser to top global organizations.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Strategic HR: The book likely emphasizes the shift of HR from a traditional administrative function to a strategic partner that aligns HR practices with organizational goals.

  2. Creating Value: Exploring how HR practices contribute to creating value for the organization, both in the short and long term.

  3. HR Metrics and Measurement: Discussing the importance of measuring HR's impact on business outcomes through metrics and analytics.

  4. Aligning HR with Business Strategy: Highlighting the need for HR practices to align with and support the overall business strategy and objectives.

  5. Talent Management: Emphasizing the critical role of HR in attracting, developing, and retaining talent that aligns with organizational needs.

  6. Employee Engagement and Experience: Focusing on fostering a positive employee experience and engagement as a means to drive productivity and organizational success.

  7. HR as a Change Agent: Discussing how HR can facilitate and support organizational change initiatives, ensuring smooth transitions and adaptation.

  8. Leadership Development: Addressing the role of HR in nurturing leadership capabilities and succession planning to support organizational growth.

  9. Adaptability and Agility: Exploring how HR practices need to be agile and adaptable to evolving business landscapes and market dynamics.

  10. Continuous Improvement: Encouraging HR professionals to continually assess and refine their practices to enhance their value proposition to the organization.

Language English
ISBN-10 1-59139-707-3
ISBN-13 9781591397076
No of pages 316
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Harvard Business Review Press
Published Date 01 Jun 2005

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