Measuring the value of HR In most cases HR is still viewed as a cost to be minimizedBy David Brown09/24/2001|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/25/2001 Brian Becker has spent years studying thousands of HR departments.More specifically, he’s been looking at what HR has to do to be viewed as a value generator rather than a cost to be minimized. It isn’t easy. The problem, simply stated is this: bottom-line results improve either by driving down costs or by driving up revenue. HR for the most part is viewed as cost to be driven down, rather than a contributor to revenue growth. It doesn’t have to be that way, says Becker, a professor of HR at the University at Buffalo and co-author of a new book with Mark Huselid and David Ulrich, To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.