What’s right in HR

White paper by David Ulrich who will speak at our Annual Conference on 22 May

In a recent white paper, David Ulrich offered a positive view of HR’s value by discussing HR’s perspectives, outcomes and transformation, what he referred to as HR’s POT. He proposed an alternative approach to critiques of the HR profession, which would harness the value HR can bring to the table.


In terms of perspective, Ulrich argued that HR does not start with HR but rather it starts with the business and shapes business value in leading companies. It is HR investments through employee engagement and development that help deliver organisational capabilities which in turn deliver growth through product innovation, geographical expansion and customer connection. Organisations are increasingly being measured by the quality of employees and leadership through leadership capital indices and human capital systems.


Great HR work can lead to three general outcomes – talent, capability and leadership. Through talent review and audit, HR ensures employees possess the right competence (knowledge, skills and abilities), commitment (behavioural engagement), and contribution (emotional engagement and meaning). Building capability ensures the organisation has the right culture, systems, process and team dynamics while the purpose of a leadership audit is to ensure leaders are developed at all levels to future-proof the organisation.


Through HR technology, analytics and governance, there is now more focus on strategic HR which helps the business to be future-focused in its decision making. For example, assessing the type of skills that is currently available versus what may be required in the future or applying professional courage to challenge unethical practices that can save organisations and stakeholders from business closure.

Download the white paper

This and more is what David Ulrich, Professor of Business, University of Michigan, named Most Influential Thinker according to HR Magazine will be discussing at the CIPD Ireland Annual Conference in Croke Park on Tuesday 22 May. Join us for an inspiring and engaging day with Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research, at Trinity Business School who will explain how using brain science can improve business performance and other thought leaders who will share insights on what HR is bringing to the table, from organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland, Kuehne + Nagel and Rolls Royce.

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