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Digital HR Leaders with David Green

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In this series, David Green will be speaking to a range of senior HR leaders who are pushing a data-driven and digital HR agenda. There is an increasing need for HR professionals to become more digitally and numerically literate – to acquire the skills necessary to process, produce and leverage digi… read more


11. Dave Ulrich on The Role of the HR Business Partner in a Digital Age

The guest on this week’s show is none other than Dave Ulrich, the renowned university professor, author, speaker, coach, and management consultant. Dave is a Professor of Business at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and co-founder of the RBL Group. With his colleagues he has written over 30 books that have shaped the HR profession, defined organisations' capabilities, and shown the impact of leadership on customers and investors.

In our conversation, Dave and I delve into a multitude of topics, including:

  • How HR can increase its impact to leaders, organisations, and workers
  • We talk about the qualities that a great chief HR officer has, we actually even talk a little bit about some of the criticism of his infamous HR business partner model, and how the model has evolved over time
  • We talk about four phases of digital HR, efficiency, innovation, information and connection
  • We talk about the impact that technology and the future of work is having on strategic workforce planning
  • We also delve into some of the surprising, and perhaps worrying findings Dave's researchers unearthed on how companies are using people analytics
  • We talk about what Dave calls his new moonshot, an organisational guidance system that could herald the dawn of next generation HR, and increase the business impact of the function by several multiples
  • Lastly, we look into the crystal ball, as we do with all our guests, and look at what the role of HR will be in 2025

This episode is a must listen for HR professionals looking to increase their business impact, as well as business leaders looking to get more out of their HR teams.

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