Henley Business School Reveals What Organisations Want From Their HR
on: August 27, 2009, 7:16 am
Henley Business School
The Henley Human Resources Centre of Excellence at Henley
Business School has just completed new research to discover what
organisations want right now from their HR function.
The Henley HR Centre of Excellence focuses on applied research to help HR clients answer questions like: 'What does
a business want from HR?', 'What does a good HR person look like?' and 'How do
you develop great HR capability?'
The new research showed that the HR function faces both great challenges and
opportunities in understanding the business, its challenges and adding value, to
- Operational efficiency in HR activities: quickly slimming down existing processes
and policies in line with cutbacks and finding creative ways of delivering lower
cost alternatives that are not too different in quality.
- Balance between the short and long term: with CEOs in survival mode, it is
imperative that HR manages the tension between saving money now and the need to
identify good people, place them in the right jobs, develop them and keep them.
- Focus on what is important: HR must ensure decisions are fact based so that
business performance is balanced with maintaining business reputation for both
corporate social responsibility and employer branding.
- Real emotional support to the organisation: HR has to step up and implement sound,
consistent strategies to help everyone through the lows of the recession, managing
not just the process, but also the sentiment, the environment, and some of the
messaging that goes round.
The research analysis also shows that only a minority of HR professionals are
stepping up to the challenge of the recession by focusing on adding value to the
business and dealing with people with integrity and respect.
The Henley Business School Advanced Human Resources Business Partner programme is based on current new studies like this along with other real-world business
research into what is required from HR today. The Advanced HR Business Partner
programme is intended to provide HR professionals looking to move to more senior
roles with the necessary leadership skills to understand and contribute to overall
business management; to help them focus on aligning the HR agenda with the strategic
business imperatives of their organisations, on deriving competitive advantage for
the business through delivery of that agenda and on developing their own strategic
The Advanced HR Business Partner programme is part of Henley Business School's
portfolio of executive development programmes aimed at helping organisations to develop effective leadership and the
right calibre of managers to survive and thrive in today's turbulent economic
times. The extensive executive education syllabus includes
both customised and tailored qualification programmes which are highly practical,
designed to create immediate impact and make a real difference back in the work
About Henley Business School
Henley Business School was formed from the
merger of Henley Management College and the Business School at the University of
Reading. It is one of the longest established Business Schools and the world's
third largest supplier of MBA education. It delivers business management training to
managers in more than 140 countries worldwide with around 7,000 people studying at
any one time.
Henley Business School is one of Europe's largest full service business schools,
with a comprehensive range of management programmes from undergraduate to board
level. Encompassing the world-ranked Henley MBA, executive and distance learning
MBAs, DBAs, PhDs, MScs, BScs, BAs and its internationally renowned open and tailored
executive education, it provides learning and development opportunities from the
start of a career through to senior executive levels. With expertise in the
development and delivery of solutions to the management and leadership challenges of
our times, it is also one of the very few international business schools to hold
triple accredited status (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB).
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