September 4th 2009

Executive Summary: The Effective HR Business Partner

This executive summary provides an overview of the full research report into the essential aspects of business partnering, the role of HR Business Partners and their work. Guided by interviews with senior HR leaders and experiences in several organisations, a key finding is that many organisations struggle with the Ulrich model, or to make effective HR business partnering work in their context - mainly because of interpretation, understanding, preparation, capability and implementation issues.

Other themes covered in this executive summary include:
• What is HR business partnering and what can it deliver?
• How to facilitate effective HR business partnering in changing business contexts
• The ongoing cost and business pressures on HR
• The need for different HR capabilities
• Challenges to effective HR business partnering
• Sourcing high-calibre HR business partners
• Measuring and evaluating HR business partner performance and contributions

Here, you can download and view the report’s executive summary on the Effective HR Business Partner. 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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