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The HR Scorecard: Linking People, Strategy, and Performance 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1578511364
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Editorial Reviews

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"A compelling way to define and measure HR's effect on the bottom line. The book constitutes a breakthrough in thinking for the HR function."
-Paul McKinnon, Senior Vice President of HR, Dell Computer Corporation

"At the root of every business challenge or opportunity is a human issue. If you believe that, you must take seriously the challenge of strategically planning for, and measuring the results of, human resource work. The HR Scorecard will both challenge your thinking in this area and provide options that you can use today."
-Ralph Christensen, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

"A must-read primer for human resources professionals who view HR as critical to the success of their companies."
-Mike Tindall, Vice President of Strategic Measures, Prudential

"This fact-filled, thoughtful, well-researched book provides valuable insights on the most pressing issue facing organizations today: how to measure their human resource performance. In an economy increasingly based on knowledge and people, no executive can afford not to read this book."
-Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Business School and Author of The Human Equation

"The HR Scorecard provides a language for HR professionals and line managers working together to really nail the connection between HR interventions and the firm's success."
-Susan Bowick, Vice President and Director of Human Resources, Hewlett-Packard

"The HR Scorecard demonstrates how improved measurements play a vital role in linking human resource initiatives to business strategies and to significant increases in shareholder value."
-Robert Kaplan, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Harvard Business School and Coauthor of The Balanced Scorecard and The Strategy-Focused Organization

"This book serves as a tremendous strategic tool for HR functions to showcase their impact on the business. If you want to succeed in the new economy as a high-performing HR strategic partner, I recommend you read this book."
-Robyn Ewing, Senior Vice President of HR, Energy Services, Williams

"A must-read for all HR executives. Full of useful findings, methods, measures and examples."
-Edward E. Lawler III, Author of Rewarding Excellence

"The HR Scorecard is the definitive guide for today's human resource professional. It provides perfect insight into a field that has been under much scrutiny and in great need of change."
-Milano Reyna, Worldwide Human Interests Director, Saatchi & Saatchi

About the Author

Brian Becker has been director of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research since 2000. His current role as CEO of a successful DotCom company has afforded the opportunity to work with the members of the Jerusalem School. Under his leadership, the organization has doubled in size and shifted the focus of the Jerusalem School from internal research to a concerted effort to engage the academic community of New Testament Studies.

Dave Ulrich is a Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, a partner at the RBL Group, and Executive Director of the RBL Institute. He studies how organizations build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability, and talent through leveraging human resources. He has helped generate award winning data bases that assess alignment between strategies, organization capabilities, HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters and 23 books.

Jon Younger is a partner of the RBL Group, leads the firm s strategic HR practice, and is a director of the RBL Institute. Jon's career has combined experience in consulting, executive management and HR leadership. He has also managed executive compensation and HR strategyHe is a co-author of many articles and book chapters and two books: "HR Transformation" (2009 Justin Allen, Wayne Brockbank, Jon Younger, Mark Nyman), and "HR Competencies" (2008 Wayne Brockbank, Dani Johnson, Kurt Sandholtz, Jon Younger). His articles have appeared in HR Management Journal, HR Planning Journal, Harvard Business Review, Strategic HR Review among others.

Wayne Brockbank is a Clinical Professor of Business at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and an Emeritus Partner in the RBL Consulting Group. At the Ross School of Business, he is the Co-director (with Dave Ulrich and Dick Beatty) and core faculty of the Advanced Human Resource Executive Program. He is also the Director of HR executive programs in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates. Over the past twenty years, these executive programs have been consistently rated as the best HR executive programs in the United States and Europe by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune and Leadership Excellence. He serves on the core faculty to Michigan's senior management executive programs in India. He has held visiting faculty appointments in Argentina, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Mike Ulrich is a PhD student at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Before returning to the university, he was a Research Associate for RBL Group where he led the data collection and analysis of the RBL/Michigan global HRCS. Mike's background is focused on research methods and statistical analysis. Mike's work with The RBL Group focused on managing the firm s many research studies (including the HRCS, Leadership Code, and talent management research).

Brian Becker has been director of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research since 2000. His current role as CEO of a successful DotCom company has afforded the opportunity to work with the members of the Jerusalem School. Under his leadership, the organization has doubled in size and shifted the focus of the Jerusalem School from internal research to a concerted effort to engage the academic community of New Testament Studies.

Dave Ulrich is a Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, a partner at the RBL Group, and Executive Director of the RBL Institute. He studies how organizations build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability, and talent through leveraging human resources. He has helped generate award winning data bases that assess alignment between strategies, organization capabilities, HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters and 23 books.

Jon Younger is a partner of the RBL Group, leads the firm s strategic HR practice, and is a director of the RBL Institute. Jon's career has combined experience in consulting, executive management and HR leadership. He has also managed executive compensation and HR strategyHe is a co-author of many articles and book chapters and two books: "HR Transformation" (2009 Justin Allen, Wayne Brockbank, Jon Younger, Mark Nyman), and "HR Competencies" (2008 Wayne Brockbank, Dani Johnson, Kurt Sandholtz, Jon Younger). His articles have appeared in HR Management Journal, HR Planning Journal, Harvard Business Review, Strategic HR Review among others.

Wayne Brockbank is a Clinical Professor of Business at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and an Emeritus Partner in the RBL Consulting Group. At the Ross School of Business, he is the Co-director (with Dave Ulrich and Dick Beatty) and core faculty of the Advanced Human Resource Executive Program. He is also the Director of HR executive programs in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates. Over the past twenty years, these executive programs have been consistently rated as the best HR executive programs in the United States and Europe by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune and Leadership Excellence. He serves on the core faculty to Michigan's senior management executive programs in India. He has held visiting faculty appointments in Argentina, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Mike Ulrich is a PhD student at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Before returning to the university, he was a Research Associate for RBL Group where he led the data collection and analysis of the RBL/Michigan global HRCS. Mike's background is focused on research methods and statistical analysis. Mike's work with The RBL Group focused on managing the firm s many research studies (including the HRCS, Leadership Code, and talent management research).

Norton is president of Renissance Solutions, Inc., and international consulting firm specializing i n performance measurement and organization renewal.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578511364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578511365
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a seasoned HR professional, I have spent the last decade looking for the "Holy Grail" of H.R. Metrics. My quest is not over after reading The HR Scorecard, but the book presented many helpful concepts and tools that we can use to measure the effectiveness of HR as a function, to measure R.O.I. on talent and talent initiatives, to measure the impact of HR on organizational performance, and as a basis for business case development of our deliverables.
Three well respected thought leaders in the HR field have conducted extensive research of more than 2500 companies to uncover a model for implementing HR strategy and measuring results. If fully employed HR will deliver results linked to higher functional and organizational performance.
To transform the structure of HR into a strategic function, HR leaders must:
1. Clearly define the business strategy.
2. Build a business case for HR as a strategic asset.
3. Create a strategy map (with leading and lagging indicators, and tangibles and intangibles.)
4. Identify HR Deliverables within the strategy map.
5. Align the HR architecture with HR deliverables.
6. Design the strategic measurement System.
7. Implement management by measurement.
The concepts in this book are useful but may not be practical for all HR leaders. This book is for organizations that have the resources to implement an in-depth system of measuring their HR performance. It is not a way to create a simple snapshot to be included in business reviews. While the authors suggest using no more than 25 measures so as not to create a burdensome systems, many of the examples in the book are quite complex and can by used only by the largest of organizations.
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No fluff here! This book outlines, then defines a paradigm for effective HR functioning within a changing organization. The authors suggest and document that increased measurement of key data will lead to enhanced value to the organization and its customers. Yesterday's model of HR tasks is no longer enough. This book can guide the experienced human resource professional into a new role in strategic implementation.
I'm a career counselor, not a human resources professional. I hear plenty of stories of burn-out and disillusionment in the field, probably because the tasks and obligations of the HR field have changed as drastically as any. This book can provide a re-education to those who wonder what is going on, and why yesterday's solutions just don't work.
I would have welcomed a personal-type note to the individuals caught up in transitions. The authors have provided information, but have not offered encouragement. It would have been a definite plus to this impressive publications.
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If you're in HR and need to establish measures for the value you add, this book contains a huge array of options for measurement. As a resource for "brainstorming" it's unparalleled.

Where the book breaks down is focus. As Jerry McAdams says, measure many things but reward a few. If HR were honestly to establish and maintain 100 measurements, how could even an airline pilot monitor that many gauges on the the dashboard?

It would have been much better if the authors had said, "These are the half-dozen key, even 'universal' measures of HR value-added." As it is, the reader has to wade through the enormous number of options furnished and hope that they've gotten it right.

Worse yet: with all these measures, HR takes "the easy way out" and suboptimizes, picking only those measures which make HR look good. If measures of self-aggrandizement is all we've accomplished, we've not helped our businesses at all.
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I've had a lot of experience with the Balanced Scorecard and was thus very interested to read Becker, Huselid, and Ulrich's take on the subject and how performance measures can be successfully applied to the HR arena. The book is very well laid out, thoughts are presented in a logical fashion, and the advice is nearly immediately applicable. Not only do the authors guide you through the steps necessary to apply the Scorecard to HR but they provide invaluable insights on what is necessary for the HR organization of today to become true "strategic business partners." The HR competencies they put forth will be critical for future HR leaders. I was also pleasantly surprised at the amount of what I might term supplemental information contained in the book. For example, in chapter 8 they provide great insights into what it takes to successfully implement a major change project. In another section of the book they discuss the principles of good measurement - that will help organizations adopting a Scorecard in any area of their business.
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The greatest strength of this book is it's focus on making the business case for investing in human capital, and tying all HR activities to organizational strategy. It does a solid job of laying out a framework for implementing the HR Scorecard, which is made up of 4 components: "HR Deliverables", "High Performance Work System", "HR System Alignment" and "HR Efficiency".
However, I found the writing awfully muddy, at times unclear, and often confusing. The book throws out definition after definition, and it's hard to tell where one ends and another begins. At times, the authors seem confused themselves, and there aren't clear distinctions between some definitions. It seems like they're just assigning definitions for the sake of assigning them. In addition, much of what they write is intuitive, and doesn't necessitate the lengthy and confusing descriptions.
In short, I didn't enjoy reading the book, and as a result, I didn't get very much out of it.
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