The results of the 2015 HR Most Influential rankings have been revealed
Last night, HR magazine unveiled the 2015 HR Most Influential rankings at an exclusive networking event in Claridge's.
The HR Most Influential ranking, which is supported by Ceridian and Open University Business School, recognises the HR practitioners and thinkers pushing the field of people strategy forward. This year is the 10th anniversary of the annual ranking.
Shell chief HR and corporate officer Hugh Mitchell was named the most influential HR practitioner of the decade, with Penguin Random House’s Neil Morrison and the BBC’s Valerie Hughes D’Aeth coming second and third respectively.
Cary Cooper, professor of organizational psychology at Manchester Business School, came top of the thinkers list, with Bath University’s Rob Briner and University College London’s Adrian Furnham completing the top three.
10. Patrick Wright, Thomas C Vandiver Bicentennial Chair, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Neil Morrison told HR magazine that over the last decade perceptions of HR have changed. “HR is more involved in business decisions, it is closer to the centre of the organisation, and that’s something to be prized and cherished,” he said.
He also said the changing labour market will be a major challenge for HR over the next 10 years. “Without doubt, in the next 10 years we are going to see a separation between two different labour markets; a low-skilled labour market with lower wages and a high-skilled market with higher salaries,” he said. “How we manage that is going to be a critical change in what we do.”
Rob Briner called on HR to move away from fads and fashions. “Things like engagement and talent management can cause quite narrow ways of thinking about what HR is for," he said. "In the next 10 years my hope is that people will think a lot more about what HR can really deliver, and use that idea in an evidence-based way.”