Rita McGrath posted at the Harvard Business Publishing blog: A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal—“HR Departments Get New Star Power at Some Firms”—noted that some forward-thinking companies are dramatically increasing the weight, importance, and strategic role of their HR departments. One way in which they are doing this is by putting business leaders, or non-HR professionals in the role of running the groups. It’s a refreshing development, and one that is long overdue. It’s also an area in which I believe many companies simply overlook a powerful potential source of competitive advantage.
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