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S HOULD WE do away with HR? In recent years, a number of people wbo study and write about business-along witb many wbo run businesses-bave been debating that question. Tbe debate arises out of serious and widespread doubts about HR's contribution to organizational performance. And as mucb as I like HR people-I bave been working in tbe field as a researcher, professor, and consultant for 20 years -1 must agree that tbere is good reason for HR's beleaguered reputation. It is often ineffective, incompetent, and costly; in a phrase, it is value sapping. Indeed, if HR were to remain configured as it is today in many companies, I would have to answer tbe question above with a resounding "Yes - abolish the tbing!" But the trutb is, HR bas…show more content…
Indeed, to do so, tbey must become HR champions tbemselves. Tbey must acknowledge tbat competitive success is a function of organizational excellence. More important, tbey must hold HR accountable for delivering it. Of course, the line sbould not impose tbe new agenda on tbe HR staff. Rather, operating managers and HR managers must form a partnership to quickly and completely reconceive and reconfigure tbe function - to overhaul it from one devoted to activities to one committed to outcomes. The process will be different in every organization, but the result will be tbe same: a business era in wbicb tbe question Should we do away witb HR? will he considered utterly ridiculous. Why HR Matters Now More Than Ever Regardless of their industry, size, or location, companies today face five critical business challenges. Collectively, tbese challenges require organizations to build new capabilities. Who is currently responsible for developing tbose capabilities? Everyone-and no one. That vacuum is HR's opportunity to play a leadership role in enabling organizations to meet tbe following competitive challenges: Globalization. Gone are the days wben companies created products at home and shipped them abroad "as is." Witb tbe rapid expansion of global markets, managers are struggling to balance tbe paradoxical demand to think globally and act locally. Tbat imperative requires them to move people, ideas, products, and information around tbe world to meet
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