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The HR Value Proposition

Harvard Business Review Press,

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Category: Human Resources

The HR Value Proposition

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply 14 criteria to create an HR function with real value
  • What to ask stakeholders to begin your HR transformation
  • How to select the best HR structure for your organization
  • What five competencies every HR professional needs
  • How to stay current


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Why you should read The HR Value Proposition

This book is ideal for the high-level HR executive who wants to redevelop or transform an HR department into a forward-thinking, strategic part of the parent company. While all HR professionals should read it for the knowledge it offers, creating a value proposition for HR is not simple, as authors Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank would be the first to acknowledge. Even the most innovative, progressive HR professionals would find this extensive menu of changes hard to activate independently. Creating an HR value proposition is an intense, all encompassing reform that requires support and direction from the top down. While HR professionals at any level can see the relevance, wisdom and potential of this new blueprint, a CEO and an HR department head would have to march together to carry out the book’s mission: implementing an HR transformation totally aligned with corporate strategy. getAbstract recommends this tremendous resource to any HR manager or adviser; the higher you are on the HR totem pole, the more you need to read it.

About the Authors

Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank are professors at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and partners in The RBL group, an HR and leadership consulting firm. They have written extensively on HR strategy and development. Ulrich is the author of a dozen books, including the best-selling Human Resource Champions.

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  1. August 11, 2014 Jeannie Clemens
    A classic, and still dead on.

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