October 29th 2013

Developing Commercial Acumen for the HR Function

Following our highly-successful Spring Symposium and the launch of our report — Developing Commercial Acumen for the HR Function — Corporate Research Forum interviewed a number of senior business leaders and experienced practitioners on what commercial acumen is and asked them to share their experiences, views and insights on this wide-ranging and complex subject.

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Executive Summary: Developing Commercial Acumen for the HR Function

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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. Using a combination of survey data and other research, this report looks at the subject of business acumen in relation to current and future HR functions, and the importance of this to overall business performance.

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