If there was ever a Bible for HR, this is it! It's about time someone wrote a book on how Human Resources is supposed to be creating value for American business. This book is full of excellent examples on techniques and strategies on what HR can begin doing-right away-to help the business become more competitive. HR can do this by helping the business to create organizational capabilities through it's people resources, to gain and sustain a competitive business advantage. The final chapter entitled HR for HR is a quide map for transforming today's traditional HR ogranization from an administrative, transactional entity to a strategic business partner. If you're an HR professional, this is a must read!
Mr. Ulrich has written a true gem. Don't be fooled by the title, since I feel this book is appropriate for a wide range of business leaders, not just HR staff. Probably the best aspect of this book is that the ideas and concepts can be immediately applied. Mr. Ulrich provides lots of concrete examples, worksheets, and tables that can practically be used "as-is". Chapters 3 through 6 are the roadmaps for transforming an HR function from an administrative roadbloack into a key business partner. Read them carefully and you will be well prepared for your journey. Chapter 3 - Becoming a Strategic Partner - should be required reading not only for HR people, but for anyone in a leadership position. In this chapter Mr. Ulrich gives one of the most clear and concise explanations of "organizational diagnosis" that I have ever read. It's basically a blueprint for designing a high-performance organization. Like most people out there, I have read a lot of business books that were pure junk. But as the manager of organizational development for a telecommunications company, I would highly recommend this book to HR staff, OD specialists/consultants, and mid- to senior-level leaders. I think you will find a wealth of practical information between its covers.
This excellent book helps us to view HR not as a bunch of functional activities but the people dimension of our business. If you got the time to read just one general HR book - this is your natural choice. Whereever I go in our organization I strongly recommend our HR managers to read it and discuss it with their local management team.
Ulrich presents one of the better models of human resources management. He addressess and answers once and for all the stress which is felt by all HR practitioners between the demand for providing administrative support for their organizations and the need to paly a role in the proactive business strategy development. Ulrich is one of the few academics who clearly knows his way around the HR practitioner world. His strategy chapter is worth the purchase price of the book. The only regret is the title of the book which I am afraid will diminish possible readership.
Focuses on four HR outcomes: strategy execution, administrative efficiency, employee contribution, and capacity for change. Argues that HR work is patterned in bureaucratic ways and that major changes are needed. Shows how line managers and HR professionals together can champion the competitive organization of the future. An important contribution to the field of HR management.
If all the Senior Management read this in the last two decades, the World would be better, All the employees and employeer, would be in love with the enhanment of the work life and the profits in the companies. Ulrich is a Guru with true understanding of the Companies most powerful asset THE PEOPLE
One of the few books I've read that actually contains "doable" information. It's an easy read and clearly, it focuses on what must change in HR. The strength of an organization can be leveraged through Ulrich's approach without compromising business results.
Purchased the book after hearing Mr. Ulrich speak at the 1998 American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Association Convention in Phoenix. One of his initial comments at his talk was that he would be guilty of taking his ideas and making them practical realities. Although the talk was excellent, the book was better. A practical guide to taking HR to the next level. A challenge to practitioners to move beyond doing things to delivering quality activities to the organization. This book will become a classic.