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How Organization Agility Produces Sustained Performance: Bringing Coherence to Diverse Conceptual Perspectives (Download)

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Why and how organizations change – especially in competitive and dynamic environments – are central questions in organization theory and strategic management. Organization agility (OA) has emerged as a construct to describe the way organizations adapt quickly to continuous disruption and change, and theories explaining how OA works and produces performance outcomes have proliferated.

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2024: The State of ERGs Research and Annual ERG Leader & Member Impact Reports (Download)

Discover the power of ERGs in driving diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) strategies globally. Dr. Theresa Welbourne and CEO have spearheaded the “State of ERGs” research study, the first study of its kind, and the Annual Leader & Member Survey. Click here to access the latest insights and empower your organization’s journey towards inclusion.

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Is the Future of Work Lost in Translation?

Is the Future of Work Lost in Translation?

The increasing pace of work transformation is evident in the surge of gig work, demands for increased work flexibility, the institutionalization of remote/hybrid work accelerated by the pandemic, and the increasing integration of robots and Generative AI with human workers. It should come as no surprise that the number of resumes mentioning the “Future of Work” has surged over the last decade, with a slight decline recently, possibly due to layoffs and changing priorities.

WEBINAR: Creating a Strategically Aligned HR Operating Model

WEBINAR: Creating a Strategically Aligned HR Operating Model

With Max Blumberg, Alec Levenson, and Dave Millner
In this webinar, we’ll explore the crucial intersections between organizational design, compensation frameworks, and the intended and unintended outcomes they shape. We’ll discuss a case study on incentives gone wrong, highlighting the legal and ethical pitfalls of misaligned pay plans.

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WEBINAR: Paying the Price: Pitfalls of Misaligned Compensation in Organization Design

WEBINAR: Paying the Price: Pitfalls of Misaligned Compensation in Organization Design

with Beth Gunderson and Anne Soash
In this webinar, we’ll explore the crucial intersections between organizational design, compensation frameworks, and the intended and unintended outcomes they shape. We’ll discuss a case study on incentives gone wrong, highlighting the legal and ethical pitfalls of misaligned pay plans.

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A killer app with huge upsides and dangerous downsides: Applying AI to People Analytics

A killer app with huge upsides and dangerous downsides: Applying AI to People Analytics

Since its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has sparked a significant surge of interest and investment in the realm of generative artificial intelligence (AI). The future trajectory of AI remains uncertain, but one application stands out with confidence: People Analytics (PA). AI’s integration into PA holds tangible potential, offering substantial benefits and immediate realizations. However, this comes with inherent risks that are challenging to mitigate. This article delves into the promising advantages of applying AI in People Analytics while also addressing strategies to navigate and prevent potential pitfalls.

Beyond Diversity: Is it Time for the Chief Relational Officer Job?

Beyond Diversity: Is it Time for the Chief Relational Officer Job?

Have you noticed that the people working in diversity are having a bit of an identity crisis?  The names of the departments have gone from Diversity to Diversity and Inclusion to Diversity Equity and Inclusion to some variations that include Diversity Inclusion and the term Belonging. Occasionally, you might see the term equality. For example, in numerous bold statements, Salesforce aggressively uses the word equality. Salesforce has embraced the term equality while in other organizations this language often is intentionally deleted from references to any diversity work.

A Strategically Aligned HR Operating Model

Proposal of a pivot in how HR is structured and works to focus more directly on the capabilities required for successful strategy execution.

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Organization capability: The missing piece connecting organization design and the operating model

Dr. Alec Levenson and Dr. Johanna Anzengruber lay a foundation in this working paper for drawing boundaries between the operating model, organization design and organization capability.

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