The case for retooling human resources

Author and academic John Boudreau shares his thoughts on advancing HR
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/01/2010

John Boudreau, co-author of Beyond HR, has written a new book, Retooling HR: Using Proven Business Tools to Make Better Decisions About Talent. Boudreau, professor of management and organization at the Marshall School of Business and research director at the Centre for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California, spoke with Canadian HR Reporter (CHRR) about why HR needs to be retooled and how HR leaders can help business leaders become more sophisticated in their HR decision-making.

CHRR: Why does HR need to be “retooled”?

Boudreau: One of the critical elements of advancing the HR profession is engaging leaders, who are not in the profession, with what we do. The premise of the book is that — if we use the tools those leaders already feel comfortable with and we apply them to the decisions and the dilemmas of human resources or talent, we’ll have a better chance of engaging them on their own turf where they’re already comfortable, rather than trying to get them to learn our tools in addition to all the other tools they already use.