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Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives, Third Edition

Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives, Third Edition

The demand for organizational accountability has never been greater. The future of work, talent, and employment are changing at an unprecedented pace, and organizational decisions about how to invest in people are under increasing scrutiny. Leaders realize their decisions about human resources are crucial in an uncertain and interconnected world, yet decisions about people remain among the least systematic and evidence-based, compared to resources such as money and technology. Investing in People draws upon state-of-the art practice and research across disciplines including psychology, economics, accounting, and finance to provide HR professionals and leaders with proven guidelines for evaluating key HR initiatives.

Hard Working Coworkers: A Multi-Level Cross-National Look at Group Work Hours and Work-Family Conflict

This study by Hoda Vaziri, Ph.D., George S. Benson, Ph.D., and Maritza Salazar Campo, Ph.D. investigates the relationship between coworker work hours and perceived work-to-family conflict (WFC) in a multinational sample of professional service employees.

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Pivotal Work: Talent Strategy for Fast-Changing Times

This webinar with John Boudreau will show how the tools and frameworks of “Strategic Partnership: Applying the frameworks of business to talent” to identify where high performance work makes the biggest strategic impact, and how to help your leaders use talent strategy to anticipate and prepare for unpredictability.

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When Talent is Important: Five Next Practices

When Talent is Important: Five Next Practices

How many times have you heard CEOs and HR executives say that talent is their organization’s most important asset? I have heard it many times, and I usually follow up by asking how that translates into the way they manage people. All too often that question is answered poorly or not at all.

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Organization Development and Talent Management: Beyond the Triple Bottom Line

Edward Lawler III (CEO) shares how there is a growing movement to broaden the definition of organizational effectiveness. Fewer and fewer countries and societies are willing to accept that financial performance is all that matters when it comes to organizational effectiveness.

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Human Resource Consulting

The field of human resources (HR) consulting is large, extremely diverse, and highly dynamic. This introductory update to the 2005 chapter by Gerald E. Ledford (CEO), Edward Lawler III (CEO), Susan A. Mohrman (CEO) provides an updated view of the HR consulting marketplace and the types of individuals and consulting firms that occupy it, as well as the organizational actors who purchase and consume HR consulting services.

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Measuring and Maximizing the Impact of Talent Development

Alec Levenson addresses the issue that talent development is critical for organizational success. Certainly, if you don’t have the right talent then your business strategy will fail. But what does having the right talent really mean? How do we know when we have it? And if it’s something different than what we’ve always thought it to be, how do we go about developing it?

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