What is the future of HR?

John W. Boudreau (CEO) Ian Ziskin (CEO) and Carrie Gibson (CEO)
January 2014

This is the latest article coming out of John Boudreau’s and Ian Ziskin’s research on the future of the function.

Is the HR profession moving fast enough to capture the opportunities in emerging trends? Much of the work addressing this issue has defined the future of HR in terms of competencies, workforce demographics, or professional techniques or practices.

Here we 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. What we found was that while HR leaders generally feel their ideal role is one of broad leadership, their assessment of the current role often is far less than that.

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