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    Creating Competitive Advantage Through People

  • HR Strategy: Creating Competitive Advantage Through People

    The war for talent becomes more fierce with each market and organizational shift, yet people are the firm’s most valuable resource as the engine that drives innovation, execution, and ultimately success. In this unique collaboration with the ILR School at Cornell University of 4-5 human resource professionals have the opportunity to propel the HR function from a reactive to a value creating business partner in planning and organizational change efforts. Each team is required to bring an organizational challenge for project work and will benefit from expert faculty interaction, networking among peers, and an internal support structure upon return to work.

    Who Should Attend
    The program is designed for teams of four to five mid to senior level HR generalists and managers or multifunctional teams that include HR managers. Participants in our program come from a wide range of industries and functions and from small, medium and large sized organizations.

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    Program Information

    Upcoming Dates: TBD
    Tuition: $30,000/team, up to 5 people; Tuition includes class materials, and daily breakfast and lunch. It is expected that applicants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The university is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.


    Christopher J. Collins, Ph D. : Cornell University Associate Professor of Human Resource Management | Director of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies

    D. Brent Smith, Ph.D.: Rice University Associate Professor of Management & Psychology | Sr. Associate Dean of Executive Education, Jones School of Business


    In order to address an organizational challenge, teams will work on an action plan throughout the week and have opportunities to test ideas with colleagues and faculty.

    • Creating Stakeholder Value – HR's role in understanding, identifying and informing strategy.
    • Aligning HR practices with corporate strategy – Managing human capital with the goals of the organization.
    • HR’s Role in Driving Organizational Change – the Accelerating Change Module helps identify the steps for a successful change process, while separating change content from the change process. This session outlines and discusses diagnostic and planning tools for change.
    • Leading the HR Function: The Next Paradigm – HR’s critical roles in building capabilities, providing critical information to influence corporate strategy formulation, and guarding against human frailties in executive decision making.

    Learning Methods

    We use the team approach in this program to:

    • Increase the rate and likelihood of knowledge transfer, applying it immediately in a workplace context.
    • Work on real, current business challenges facing the organization with encouragement to present solutions and receive immediate feedback and suggestions from other participants and faculty. This is both a powerful and safe place to test out new knowledge.
    • Improve the overall effectiveness of your HR organizational change efforts.
    • Help create a support network within participating organizations, making team members champions for their change efforts back at the office.
    • Establish great learning experience for people two to three levels beneath the chief HR officer.
    • Generate solidarity within a business unit that is wrestling with a particularly critical or tricky business issue.

    Cancellation Policy

    Attendance at a Rice University Executive Education program requires significant advance preparation. Written notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days prior to the program start date to be eligible for a full refund less a 6% administrative fee. At Rice University Executive Education’s discretion, qualified substitutes for confirmed registrations may be accommodated prior to the program start date with written notice and will incur no fee for substitution. Notice given after 30 days prior to the program will not be eligible for a refund.