Strategic HR Leadership
16 April 2008
Trinity House, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London, EC3N4DH
While many are now talking about HR Leadership as the next paradigm guiding the HR profession - beyond the ‘strategic partner' - few have actually defined it. This full day workshop attempted to do just that, with Professor Patrick Wright of Cornell University presenting the HR Leadership framework he has developed following 7 years of research.
Participants worked through discussions and exercises designed to enable their development of an analysis and action plan for leading - rather than following - business strategy.
While many are now talking about HR Leadership as the next paradigm guiding the HR profession - beyond the ‘strategic partner' - few have actually defined it. In this full day workshop, Professor Patrick Wright of Cornell University, presented the HR Leadership framework that has emerged from over seven years of research based on interviews, focus groups, and personal conversations with SVPs, EVPs, and directors of HR across 35 different multinational companies from the US and Europe.
Using a case study of Jean Marie Messier's rise and fall at Vivendi, participants explored the roles that HR can and should (but don't always) play in ensuring the execution of strategy, influencing the formulation of strategy, and managing strategy implementation. The workshop explored both the rational, linear process for strategic decision-making - as well as the ways in which human frailties such as opportunism and hubris enter into this process. A number of (disguised) examples from his research provided the basis for discussion and application.
Participants worked through discussions and exercises enabling them to examine the extent to which they play a role in these areas, as well as their ability to do so effectively. They then applied these learnings to their personal situations to develop an analysis and action plan for leading - rather than following - business strategy.
Patrick Wright is Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University.
He teaches, conducts research and consults in the area of strategic HRM, focusing particularly on how organisations use people as a source of competitive advantage.
Professor Wright has had over 40 research articles published in leading journals, as well as over 20 chapters in books and edited volumes. His current research project at CAHRS is Strategic HRM and Organisational Behavior: Integrating Multiple Levels of Analysis.