If you want to give your company a fighting chance of not just surviving but also thriving, Transformative HR will likely pique your interest, despite its clunky kicker - How Great Companies Use Evidence-Based Change for Sustainable Advantage
That said, I would not call the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) a great company, in light of its 21st century track record. Nor would I describe in the same salutary way the opaque Malaysian government player, Khazanah Nasional Berhad. But IBM and Coca-Cola are also here, to balance things out.
The ability to make well-conceived HR decisions is crucial to staying competitive in an unforgiving globalised marketplace, and this well-organised book provides a wealth of information and insight on how best to make these decisions, both strategically and tactically. To achieve this, it delivers evidence-based methodologies to show the reader the way.
Transformative HR shows how a number of organisations are redefining HR leadership - "by using evidence-based change to optimise efficiency, effectiveness, and strategic impact". The authors - John W. Boudreau and Ravin Jesuthasan - assert that organisations can achieve greater success and create a more engaging work environment by adopting their "five principles of evidence-based change" - logic-driven analytics, segmentation, risk leverage, synergy and integration, and optimisation.
Jesuthasan is the managing director and global practice leader for Towers Watson's talent management practice, while Boudreau is a professor of management and organisation at Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC), and research director at the attached Center for Effective Organizations.
The book contains thematic messages based on the experiences of a bizarre mix of outfits, such as the CME Group, RBS, Deutsche Telekom, and Shanda Interactive Entertainment. It also features case studies of si