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Human Resource Transformation: Demonstrating Strategic Leadership in the Face of Future Trends


Human Resource Transformation: Demonstrating Strategic Leadership in the Face of Future Trends
By William J. Rothwell, Robert K. Prescott, and Maria W. Taylor

2008, 222 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-89106-251-6
SHRMStore Item #: 61.16509

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HR transformation is no flavor-of-the-month trend. Nor does it happen in quite the same way from one organization to the next. Instead, rechartering and realigning HR policy, practice, and competencies goes hand in hand with the unique strategic direction of each individual organization.

Set against a backdrop of the external trends affecting today's workforce and workplace, this action guide to transformation offers rich insight into the various ways strategic decisions drive change, the critical part HR can play in addressing business and operational issues, and the new role of HR leadership, especially when facing the challenges of outsourcing.

With data culled from the authors' 20-plus-year longitudinal study of how general managers view HR's focus and performance, Human Resource Transformation presents a system perspective for total talent management and business success, examining the key elements of culture, business environment, strategy, talent need, competencies and capabilities, capacity, and human capital and innovation. With a wealth of fresh research and dozens of in-depth case studies --  from AT&T to IBM to the U.S. Navy -- the authors illustrate how to move HR from the end of the business process chain to its rightful position as the strategic leader in aligning talent with organizational goals to help shape corporate strategy and competitive advantage.

Co-published with Davies-Black Publishing.


 Praise for the Book


"The authors have isolated and tacked the most serious threat to the profession of HR -- the tendency to march 'lemming-like' toward obsolescence and irrelevance. Transformative thought and action is the appropriate antidote." -- Jim Bowles, Vice President of Human Resources, AT&T Mobility

"A must-have resource for all HR professionals. Its simple, eloquent, and powerful messages will empower readers to transform the role and legacy of the HR function at an individual, departmental, and organizational level." -- Cathy Lee Gibson, MBA, SPHR Director, Human Resource Management Programs, ILR School, Cornell University


 About the Authors


William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR, is president of Rothwell & Associates, Inc. and professor of workforce education and development, The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of more than sixty books including Effective Succession Planning and Competency-Based Human Resource Management.

Robert K. Prescott, Ph.D., SPHR is a researcher, a consultant, and associate professor of human resource management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College. He is a former director of human resources at BellSouth Communications, Inc.

Maria W. Taylor is director of learning solutions for Raytheon Professional Services.


 Table of Contents




Chapter 1. What Is Human Resource Transformation?

Chapter 2. Recent Influences on the Workforce, Workplace, and HR


Chapter 3. Future Trends in the Workplace

Chapter 4. Future Trends in the General Workforce

Chapter 5. Transforming HR by Focusing on Future Trends


Chapter 6. What Is Human Resource Leadership?

Chapter 7. Building HR Leadership in Your Organization

Chapter 8. Demonstrating HR Leadership in the Face of Outsourcing


Appendix A. Research on General Managers' Opinions of HR

Appendix B. HR Priority Survey Questionnaire


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