May 16th 2013

Executive Summary: Developing Commercial Acumen for the HR Function

HR often has to justify itself over its role, its output and its added value. In some cases this is deserved as we become involved in unsubstantiated opinion, fads and fashions, are reluctant to use data or are unable to evaluate our initiatives.

Here, you can download and view the report’s executive summary. The full report is accessible for CRF members only. If you are not a member and are interested in discussing membership please contact Richard Hargreaves on richard@crforum.co.uk.

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February 18th 2019

Speed Read: Developing Commercial Acumen for HR Function

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  • Analytics
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  • Managing Uncertainty
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  • Research & Development
  • Strategic Workforce Planning
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December 3rd 2018

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  • Leadership
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October 29th 2013

Developing Commercial Acumen for the HR Function

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  • Being an HR Director
  • Business Education
  • Business Models
  • Business Processes
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Emerging Markets
  • Forecasting
  • International Business
  • Managing Organisations
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A detailed resource exploring business acumen and business strategy.

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  • Being an HR Director
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  • Global Strategy
  • HR Models
  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Wellbeing
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May 16th 2013

Developing Commercial Acumen for the HR Function

This report is written from the viewpoint that we believe that HR functions can make a substantial contribution to improved organisation effectiveness and business strategy.

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  • Being an HR Director
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Global Strategy
  • HR Models
  • Performance Management
  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Wellbeing
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