Achieving Excellence in Human Resources Management: An Assessment of Human Resource Functions

Achieving Excellence in Human Resources Management: An Assessment of Human Resource Functions

Achieving Excellence in Human Resources Management: An Assessment of Human Resource Functions

Achieving Excellence in Human Resources Management: An Assessment of Human Resource Functions

Synopsis

Achieving Excellence in Human Resources Management: An Assessment of Human Resource Functions is the Center for Effective Organizations' (CEO) fifth study of human resources in large corporations. The only long-term analysis of its kind, this text compares data from CEO's earlier studies to data collected in 2007- 12 years of data in total. Like CEO's previous research, this project measures whether the HR function is changing and on gauging its effectiveness. Edward E. Lawler III and John W. Boudreau pay particular attention to whether HR is changing to become an effective strategic partner. They also analyze how organizations can more effectively manage their human capital. The results show some important changes, and indicate what HR needs to do to be effective in the years to come. The text identifies best practices and effective organizational designs. This is a must-read for scholars and practitioners engaged in Human Resource Management.

Excerpt

This is a report of the results from the Center for Effective Organizations' (CEO's) fifth national study of the human resources (HR) function in large corporations. Like the previous studies, it measured whether the HR function is changing and whether it is effective. All of our research studies have focused on whether the HR function is changing to become an effective strategic partner. The present study also analyzed how organizations can more effectively manage their human capital. It gathered data from many of the same corporations that we studied in 1995, 1998, 2001, and 2004. Thus it allows us to compare data from our earlier studies to data we collected in 2007.

We are deeply indebted to the Human Resource Planning Society for its support of all five of our studies. Thanks also go to the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) for its support of our 2007 survey.

We would also like to thank the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California for its continuing support of the activities of CEO. In addition, we would like to thank the corporate sponsors of CEO for their support of the Center and its mission; their support is vital to the overall success of the Center and is directly responsible for enabling us to do the kind of research reported here.

The Center has been and continues to be focused on doing research that improves how organizations are managed. During 2009, the Center will be celebrating its thirty-year anniversary.

Special thanks go to Susan Mohrman. She has made many contributions to this research effort. She and Ed did the first three surveys, and she worked with us on the fourth. She made major contributions to the design and conceptualization of this ongoing research project.

We would also like to thank Arienne McCracken and Lois Rosby for their help in preparing the manuscript.

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