HR strategy and function

In today’s business landscape HR professionals are seeking greater business credibility, greater influence and greater impact in their organisations. But what role does HR play in promoting and/or enforcing ethical responsibility in business?

Recent high-profile scandals at Volkswagen, Tesco and Amazon have highlighted the importance of organisational culture and leadership, not to mention the risks of ignoring them. In this roundtable discussion Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics, David Jackson, Associate Director of HR at Manchester Metropolitan University and Laura Harrison, Director of People and Strategy at CIPD, discuss the changing role of HR and how ethical responsibility and business credibility can be balanced and incorporated into that role.

Date: 01/12/15 | Duration: 00:16:59

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As the world of work changes at an ever increasing pace this podcast explores the role HR professionals should play in planning and landing change programmes in their organisation.

First of all we hear from Professor Julia Balogun, Professor of Strategic Management and Incoming Director, University of Liverpool Management School on her findings from the two-part CIPD research report on landing transformational change and why HR needs to function in a more nuanced role as ‘expert faciliators’. We also hear from James Sutherland, Interim HR Business Consultant at Zurich, about Zurich’s PACE change programme and the practicalities of implementing this programme, including events like ‘The Hunger Games’. We also speak to Cliff Oswick, Professor of Organization Theory and Deputy Dean at Cass Business School, City University London, who discusses the impact of different generational mind-sets and digital connectivity on change and his opinion of the way forward for change management: dialogic and social movement approaches.

Date: 03/11/15 | Duration: 00:19:30

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Research suggests that by 2030 there will be more jobs than people. In this talent-led market, reward strategies will become enormously important in helping organisations to stand out and attract and retain the very best candidates.

In this podcast Charles Cotton, Public Policy Advisor for Reward at CIPD offers insight into the shifting landscape of reward and the challenges of catering to a changing workforce with increasingly diverse needs and preferences. Neil Morrison, Group HR Director at Penguin Random House discusses the importance of reward in creating a fair and transparent culture following the merger of the two publishing houses in 2014. And Kelly Mitchell, Head of People Services at Home Group shares her organisation’s experience of launching an innovative reward scheme and the benefit of good communication and engagement.

Date: 01/09/15 | Duration: 00:18:03

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In this podcast, we asked you, our listeners, to take the lead and give us your wise words and views on the HR profession; its highs and lows, how it’s changing, the best advice you’ve been given in your career and what you love about working in HR.
 
We also put your questions to our trio of expert speakers: HR Director of Telefonica, UK, Ann Pickering, Stefan Stern, Visiting Professor as CASS Business School, and Max Blumberg, Research Fellow at Goldsmiths University. Ann, Stefan and Max also give their expert insight on successful HR careers, industry trends and buzzwords and what HR means today.
 
Date: 07 Apr 2015 | Duration: 00:26:19

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Business partnerships are on the rise, with 25% more organisations setting one up in 2014 than in 2013. This episode follows on from the December episode which looked at the key considerations that should be made when approaching business partnerships.
 
In this episode we speak to representatives from Shell and Rolls Royce about their experiences of business partnerships. Sofiah Umar, VP for HR Strategy and Planning for Shell tells us about using business partnerships as a way to collaborate with competitors and the challenges HR face in accepting the change of mindset required for success, while Charlotte Dearnley, Head of HR for Controls and Data Services at Rolls Royce, speaks about her role in building an individual culture and identity for her business unit, while remaining part of Rolls Royce, and the importance of fostering communication. Philippa Stokes, Head of Global Employment Relations at Rolls Royce echoes this point by describing why it is crucial to foster common understanding. We also hear from Paul Sparrow, Director of the Centre for Performance-led HR and Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University Management School on the role of HR in launching and sustaining successful business partnerships.
 
Date: 03 Feb 2015 | Duration: 00:16:40

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As the nature of organisations changes to become less insular and more networked, strategic business partnerships are on the rise and HR’s role in these partnerships is critical. This podcast looks at HR’s role in business partnerships and the key considerations that should be made when approaching business partnerships. We speak to to Paul Sparrow, Director of the Centre for Performance-led HR and Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University Management School about why business partnerships are on the rise, the concept of mutual benefits and the three overaching themes that his research has identified as affecting the outcome of partnering arrangements; risk and capability, governance and sharing knowledge and learning beyond your own organisation.
 
This podcast will be followed up by 'Part 2' where we speak to Shell and Rolls Royce to learn about their experience of HR’s role in the success of their business partnerships.
 
Date: 02 Dec 2014 | Duration: 00:11:59

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In this podcast Martin Clarkson, Co-founder and Chairman, The Storytellers, Vilma Nikolaidou, Head of OD, Tate Galleries and Wilson Wong, CIPD Senior Researcher, OD Insight and Practice, discuss organisation development from the perspective of involving stakeholders in the design and development process and examine the best ways to communicate OD throughout the organisation.
 
Date: 30 Oct 2013 | Duration: 00:21:37

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In this podcast CIPD's Chief Executive Peter Cheese. Robert Bolton, Partner, Leader of Global HR Transformation Centre of Excellence, KPMG and Hayley Brown, Talent Intelligence Analyst, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), for AVON Cosmetics, discuss the results of a survey and how HR needs to be able to use analytics to prove its own value to the business.
 
Date: 03 Apr 13 | Duration 00:23:13

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