The vision of this book is to engage readers in a debate on how we see HR as a function and profession here and now, how we see the practice and the practitioner. The intent is to reflect on what we are seeing, hearing and experiencing about the function in an inclusive fashion. This book offers a practitioner’s take to human resources management as a profession and function keeping in mind the most current and contemporary practices, problems and perspectives in India. The book is meant for young professionals, students and practitioners in the field of HRM. The book truly reflects HRM as it is practiced today with stories of places (organizational case studies) where it is at its best. Shorn of all theory, this book raises and answers questions such as given the rapid advancement in the profession, should the term HR be redefined?  Why does the quality of the function depend so much on the way it is positioned within the organisation? What shapes a CEO’s attitude towards HR? What are the big demands on HR today and in times to come? How does one advance in HR? Written by practitioners with first-hand HR experience, HR Here and Now is a thought-provoking book set firmly in the Indian context.

Shaping the Way Organisations Work

Shaping the way organisations work

About three years ago, the totus HR School created on an experimental basis a peer learning forum for CHROs—a forum that would bring them together to talk about issues of common interest concerns and to learn from one another. In all, about 18 very senior CHROs participated in the process.

In preparation for our meeting, we engaged in an iterative process to build consensus on the topics that they would consider most important to discuss and learn.

While several themes came up in the initial rounds of exchange, ‘shaping organisation culture’ came right on top.

You will recollect that our own survey for the book presented in the chapter titled Evolving Expectations also threw up shaping organisational culture ...

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