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Principal Partner Exchange Forum: The Future of HR

Thursday, 17 September 2009
08:30 - 12:30
21 Palmer Street

People management is now as important a contributor to organisational success as marketing, finance, or sales – yet HR suffers from a lack of self-confidence, undervaluation by both practitioners and users, and a confused idea of what its own professional mission should be. In many organisations HR has tended to focus on the better engineering of technologies surrounding transactional processes. While some able HR directors through experience and personal insight have managed to position their teams effectively within their own organisational context, this ability to support the transformation of people management has not automatically been translated across the wider system.

The Work Foundation has launched a two-year research programme that will independently ask the difficult questions of HR and of organisations so that the nature of quality people management can be properly understood.

The forum will give participants access to a network of peer colleagues and offers the opportunity to be involved in a series of exchanges that focus on the key challenges organisations face. This will be achieved through an exchange of ideas, research and practical experience. 

Who is it for?

This exchange forum is aimed at HR Director level individuals and will be composed of 12–15 members.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to be gained from participating in this exchange group, including:

  • Opportunities to form effective business relationships with, and to learn from, other leading organisations and individuals
  • A platform to share and exchange experiences and questions around the future of HR
  • Access to the latest thinking and practical interventions on people management
  • The opportunity to understand how The Work Foundation’s wider research activity might be applied to business issues relevant to people management


  • 12 – 15 members per forum with no more than one representative from each principal partner organisation
  • Combination of presentations, interactive discussions, case studies, research papers and exchanges
  • Chatham House Rule

To book a place please contact Louise Shevlane at The Work Foundation if you would like to participate in this exchange forum.

Email:, Phone: 020 7976 3512


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