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Human Resource Champions

The Next Agenda for Adding Value and Delivering Results

Harvard Business Review Press,

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Category: Human Resources

Human Resource Champions

In this summary, you will learn

  • How HR professionals can reposition the services they offer to become strategic partners
  • Why it is important, within that partnership role, to champion employees’ concerns to management
  • How to affect cultural change within your organization


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Why you should read Human Resource Champions

Author Dave Ulrich reflects an awareness that many professionals keenly feel: in these highly competitive times, they must either evolve or stagnate. His book tells human resource (HR) leaders how to assume more vital, strategic roles within their organizations. He makes a convincing argument that successful companies must elevate HR to the role of a strategic partner, to enable it to implement programs that support an organization’s goals. Whether reading any book can put you in the forefront of hands-on transformation remains to be seen, but this volume certainly offers plenty of real-world case studies to back up its premise that HR professionals must step into a new, vital strategic role. Each company and each HR department is so different, however, that it may be challenging to apply some of these broad themes to specific situations. That said, the themes themselves ring true, although the book is now more of a classic than the innovative think piece it was when new. recommends it especially to HR professionals as a comprehensive look at why you must conquer so much territory to keep your organization competitive.

About the Author

Dave Ulrich is the co-author of The HR Value Proposition and The HR Scorecard,and the author of a dozen books. He is a partner in The RBL Group, an HR and leadership consulting firm. He teaches at the University of Michigan School of Business, where he co-directs the Human Resource Executive Education Programs, and is a fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources.

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