Dave Ulrich (1)


Rensis Likert Professor of Business Ross School of Business, University of Michigan


Ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 creative people in business, a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading business thinkers, Dave Ulrich has a passion for ideas with impact. In his writing, teaching, and consulting, he continually seeks new ideas that tackle some of the world’s thorniest and longest standing challenges.

His bestselling books and popular speeches shape the corporate agenda. Dave has written 30 books and over 200 articles that have shaped three fields:

He has influenced thinking about organizations by defining organizations as bundles of
capabilities (Organization Capability) and worked to delineate capabilities of learning
(Learning Organization Capability), collaboration (Boundaryless Organization), talent management (Why of Work), and culture change (GE Workout).

He has articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability). Dave’s current work on Leadership Capital Index (published by Berrett Koehler in September 2015) creates a “Moody’s index” for leadership. This work examines leadership through the eyes of investors and helps realize the market value of leadership, thus bringing the fields of firm valuation and leadership together.

He has shaped the HR profession and been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade” by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In). He spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR, distributed to over 1,000,000 HR professionals), in which 70 thought leaders freely share their insights.


November 30, 2022 03:15 PM

Keynote: What’s next for HR to create value in the ever-changing business context?

(This session is recorded at the HORIZON SUMMIT, broadcasted exclusively at The HR Congress WorldSummit online) We all recognize and experience the changing business context with technology (openAI), social, political, economic, climate, and lifestyle trends. As a result of these trends, people and organization issues are top of mind for business executives, boards, customers, investors, and regulators. These trends will require new assumptions about the future of work today and HR’s evolving role to respond to these assumptions. This keynote will highlight four emerging assumptions: connecting the inside to the outside (outside/in), harnessing uncertainty, personalizing work, and navigating paradox. We will explore how these assumptions require a new perspective on HR’s value contribution, moving from personnel to human resources to human capital to human capability. Participants will glimpse into the future of work and fold that future into today’s specific actions to flourish and thrive. Now is THE time for HR to rise to the opportunities ahead.

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