Retooling HR : Using Proven Business Tools to Make Better Decisions about Talent

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-01
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
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HR professionals have made major strides toward becoming strategic partners. But they need to do more - by generating value through savvy decisions about talent. HR leaders typically assume that, to make such decisions, they must develop sophisticated analytical tools from scratch. Even then, the resulting tools often fail to engage their peers. In Retooling HR, John Boudreau shows how HR leaders can break this cycle - by adapting powerful analytical tools already used by other functions to the unique challenges of talent management. Drawing on his research and examples from companies including Google, Disney, IBM, and Microsoft, Boudreau explains six proven business tools leaders already use. And he shows how HR can apply these tools to talent management. Examples include: Using engineering tolerances to find pivot points that job descriptions miss Using inventory and supply-chain analytics to ensure a ready supply of the right talent Applying logistics tools to optimize succession planning and leadership development Adapting consumer research tools to find untapped value in total rewards Retooling HR builds on Boudreau's bestselling book Beyond HR, which traces HR's evolution as a decision science. For HR professionals seeking to sharpen their decision-making prowess, this provocative new book blazes an innovative new path."

Author Biography

John Boudreau is Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and the Research Director at USC's Center for Effective Organizations. He has published more than sixty books and articles and consults to clients in a wide range of industries.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Better Talent Models Lead to Better Talent Decisionsp. 1
The Hidden Power for HR in Using Proven Business Models
Using Performance Optimization to Retool Work Analysisp. 25
From Job Descriptions, Competencies, and KPls to Return on Improved Performance
Using Portfolio Diversification to Retool Talent Scenariosp. 57
From the Right Talent for the Future to Talent Hedging Against a Risky Future
Using Consumer Research to Retool Talent Supply Strategiesp. 89
From Let's Make an iDeal to Optimized Talent Segmentation
Using Inventory Optimization to Retool Talent Gap Analysisp. 121
From Turnover and Hiring to Talent Inventory
Using Workforce Logistics to Retool the Talent Life Cyclep. 149
From Mapping How People Move to Optimizing Talent Networks
Retooled HR: From Risk-Minimizing Administrator to Risk-Optimizing Partnerp. 179
Making Organizations More Adept and Accountable for Talent
Notesp. 195
Indexp. 201
About the Authorsp. 213
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