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Taking the lead

20 May 2011

Dr Kristine Dery from the University of Sydney Business School presented her latest research on the impact of technology on the changing role of HR as part of the University's popular Take The Lead seminar series for HR Professionals  which is offered by the University to advance professional Learning and Development opportunities.
In response to the enormous growth in HR technologies in recent years from simple record-keeping systems, to modules of integrated enterprise systems and the all-pervasive presence of social media, Dr Dery and her colleagues have, for the last three years, been studying HR technologies and their implications for organisations.
Dr Dery who is a senior lecturer in Work and Organisational studies  told the group: "What we've found is that the promise that these technologies enable a shift to a more strategic focus for HR does not always play out as an organisation hopes. There is a common theme across organisations that we've spoken to so far. While each organisation has stated that they hoped the implementation of new technology would allow a shift in HR capabilities to both reduce costs and enable HR to take a more strategic role, we're finding that, despite the best intentions, many companies are still finding this shift extremely challenging with many unanticipated consequences."
Following a number of enthusiastic questions to Dr Dery and industry-based observations from the group, information was provided to those in attendance about the short courses, professional development and Masters programs offered by the University of Sydney such as the Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.