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Build a sustainable HR strategy that will guide your choices and keep them in line with the rest of the organization.

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Investing in People

Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives Third Edition

John Boudreau, Wayne Cascio, & Alexis Fink


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Reinventing Jobs

Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Work

Ravin Jesuthasan, & John Boudreau


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Black Holes and White Spaces

Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project

John Boudreau, Carolyn Lavelle Rearick & Ian Ziskin


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The Future of Work: Why HR Should Lead

Does HR really make a difference when it comes to the future of work? How involved are HR leaders when making decisions about AI or robotics using gig workers?

Our latest research indeed shows that too often, HR isn’t involved in crucial, organization-shaping choices—but it also suggests playing a bigger part in making such choices could lead to significantly better outcomes for both the HR function and the company at large.

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Are High-Skill Occupations “Safe” from Automation?

New research using AI to match patent language with work shows that AI may reinvent high-skill work sooner than you think.

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A Conversation With Dr. John Boudreau

SIOP Conversation Series welcomes John Boudreau in an “Ask Me Anything” style conversation about his work.

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The Impact of Automation on Jobs and the Future of Work

Ultimately automation should be considered not as a way of replacing humans but actually as a part of your workforce. It can be thought of in a way as part of your talent pool. There are number of examples that highlight the way in which we work with automation, leverage it as a collaborator and often consider it part of the team.

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Why Your Work Automation “Climate” Matters As Much As Upskilling

New research on workplace climate offers important insights for measuring, facilitating and enhancing successful work automation. John Boudreau and Benjamin Schneider share why workforce automation readiness requires more than just enhanced worker capabilities.

When it comes to preparing for future work automation, the dominant focus is on upskilling worker capability, but equally pivotal elements are worker motivation and opportunity. Research on workplace climate offers important insights for measuring, facilitating and enhancing successful work automation.

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The Future HR: Five Essential but Overlooked Questions

The future of HR is inextricably entwined with the future of work, leadership, society and organizations.  It has long been insufficient to consider the future of HR strictly from the perspective of changes in the HR function, its organization, its operating model and its technology.  Such questions are important, but HR leaders and their constituents (non-HR leaders, investors, workers, policy-makers and others) must consider the future of HR through more fundamental questions about the future of work.

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To Increase Organizational Performance, Cultural Similarity May Beat Individual Quality

Consider how much of your HR focus is on the quality of the individuals in your organization, but research suggests it may be equally or even more enlightening to understand the collective similarity–not just individual quality.

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The Intersection of Work, AI and Agile

Speed and volume of change and work is putting pressure on HR leaders to keep pace with many at risk of falling behind.

In response, HR leaders are looking at how to incorporate technology and AI into HR to offload routine tasks while leaving more strategic work to the HR Business Partner.

So the key question is – how can we deconstruct work to carve out the strategic from the routine?

Dr John Boudreau will be speaking to the Agile HR Consortium on the latest research and practical examples regarding work and automation. He will discuss:

  • The principle of deconstruction and how it plays into automation
  • The role of HR leadership in the work automation process
  • How HR can be a role model in applying these principles

John and the participants will then jointly discuss:

  • How can you deconstruct HR work into key components
  • How to determine which HR services to deploy via technology and AI
  • How to best organize the remaining work
  • How agile and other transformation methods can be used to implement these changes inside your organization

Please join us via Zoom on August 14, 2019 at 11 am eastern US time.

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