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HR Transformation: Building Human Resources from the Outside in

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Named as BusinessWeek's #1 Management Educator, expert Dave Ulrich and his team of authors bring human resources a whole new way of thinking and practicing--moving the focus from internal issues to actively helping to set business strategies. Businesses of the future need "all hands on deck" when implementing new ways to stimulate grown and cost efficiency, and this includ ...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published July 13th 2009 by McGraw-Hill (first published June 22nd 2009)
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Lars-Christian Elvenes
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
HR Transformation is written by the leaders of the RBL Group. For those not familiar with them, they are viewed by many as the people setting the yardstick for HR.

HR Transformation focuses on how HR can, and needs to, be aligned with an organization's overall business strategy. As they say, how HR can adopt an outside-in focus to their strategy. If HR strategy is not aligned with the overall business strategy, the chance to succeed is significantly reduced.

Rather than seeing just the organizat
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr-related
My 5th choice for a book to satisfy SPHR Re-cert credits. I was impressed by the resources that these authors made available for implementing their ideas, which can be found at The basic premise of the ideas in this book is that HR needs to be more strategic, and less transactional, and a good case for outsourcing transactional HR roles is made, to demonstrate how time cane be freed up to allow HR professionals to be more strategic business partners.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: development
This would be a great book to someone at the undergraduate level who is just learning about HR.

As far as practical use in the field of working professionals? Only if you've been in HR 30+ years and still don't know how to create your own pivot tables....

In it's defense - possibly useful to business leaders who are entrenched in old ways of viewing HR...
Sumit Singla
In the digital age, clearly some of the concepts in this book are starting to look dated. However, for a relative novice in the HR domain, this might still be worth a read.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it
A good book on how HR can transform itself
Mindy G
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An HR professionals guide book, as far as I am concerned.
Sarah Volpe
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and instructional for those pursuing a degree or career in HR
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David Olson Ulrich is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and co-founder of The RBL Group
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