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The Future of Employee Compensation: Compensation Café Entries

Gerald E. Ledford, Jr. (CEO) This collection is a three-part series that appeared in Compensation Café, the leading blog on reward systems, from December 1-3, 2014. See www.CompensationCafe.com for the original entries and reader responses to them.

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Effective HR Management: Will HR Capabilities Face the Future

USC professors John Boudreau and Ed Lawler describe a unique longitudinal study of the evolution of the HR function that began in 1995 with data collection done every 3 years. The results suggest that HR is changing slower than most HR leaders believe, and they suggest how to accelerate the path to a more effective HR profession.

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What is the future of HR?

John W. Boudreau (CEO) Ian Ziskin (CEO) and Carrie Gibson (CEO) take a different departure point by starting with prominent emerging general trends and examining their potential effect on HR, now and in the future, and HR’s desired and actual role in addressing them.

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Strategic Approaches to Future Trends in HR: Does HR’s Reach Exceed its Grasp?, 9/19/13, Recording/Slides

John Boudreau presented findings from several recent research projects, including the Future of HR Trends Consortium and the “Achieving Excellence in HR” global survey, which suggest that there is a significant association between HR strategic partnership and HR success measures, but that today HR’s ambitions exceed its current role in many areas.

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The Future of HR

Ian Ziskin and John Boudreau discussed The Future of HR: Multiple Disciplines, Multiple Connections, Multiple Levels.

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The Future of HR and Effective Organizations

This article by John Boudreau (CEO) and Ian Ziskin (CEO and Exec Excel) describes the results of an ongoing initiative by CEO to understand the future of HR, and in particular its relationships within effective organizations in dynamic environments.

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Engaged in What? So What? A Role-Based Perspective for the Future of Employee Engagement

The point made in this chapter by Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) is that employee engagement is an effort worth pursuing . It puts a name on something we know matters to people, society and business. However, in this chapter the suggestion will be made that employee engagement is not a construct at all.

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HR Function of the Future, 12/9/2010

John Boudreau spoke on the HR Function of the Future: How Strategic Partnership with Impact Reshapes the HR Profession on December 9, 2010.

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Organization Studies as Applied Science: The Generation and Use of Academic Knowledge about Organizations (Introduction to the Special Issue)

In this introduction to the special issue, Paula Jarzabkowski (Aston), Susan Albers Mohrman (CEO), and Andreas Georg Scherer (University of Zurich) apply philosophical, theoretical, and empirical perspectives to examine the challenges of studying the generation and use of academic knowledge.

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Can HR Evolve Faster? What’s in Its Way? – and How to Remove It, 4/19/2010

John Boudreau discussed his view on the evolution of the HR profession, drawing on Center research, his recent work with leading HR executives and CHRO’s, and the ideas in his forthcoming book, Retooling HR.

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Make Human Capital a Source of Competitive Advantage

This article by Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) looks at four areas where human capital should have a major impact on design: corporate boards, leadership, the human resource department, and information practices.

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