Hitting the Books

This article accompanies School Daze.

By Andrew R. McIlvaine

We asked a number of HR experts from around the country to devise a reading list for today's aspiring HR leaders. These are books they think are the most meaningful and offer the most insight into the HR profession.

Regardless of whether you're just starting out in your HR career or have already reached the C-suite, you might find the lists below helpful.

Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management and director of the Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania:

* My Years at GM, Alfred P. Sloan

* The Visible Hand, Alfred Chandler

* The Nature of Managerial Work, Henry Mintzberg

* Motivation in Organizational Work, Ed Lawler

Dr. Brian Klaas and Dr. Robert Ployhart, professors of management, The Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina:

* Human Resource Champions, Dave Ulrich

* The Differentiated Workforce, Brian E. Becker, Mark A. Huselid, Richard W. Beatty

* Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

* The HR Scorecard, Dave Ulrich, Brian E. Becker, Mark A. Huselid

* Talent on Demand, Peter Cappelli

* Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives, Wayne F. Cascio and John W. Boudreau

* Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People, Rob Gofee and Gareth Jones

Chris Anzalone, manager of book publishing, Society for Human Resource Management

* HR Competencies: Mastery at the Intersection of People and Business, Dave Ulrich, Wayne Brockbank, Dami Johnson, Kurt Sandholtz and Jon Younger

* Human Resource Essentials: Your HR Guide to Starting and Running Your HR Function, Lin Grensing-Pophal

* Human Resource Transformation: Demonstrating Strategic Leadership in the Face of Future Trends, William J. Rothwell, Robert K. Prescott, Maria W. Taylor

* Never Get Lost Again: Navigating Your HR Career, Nancy E. Glube, Phyllis G. Hartman

Mar 1, 2010
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