HR Outputs from Henley Business School - Quality HR Reports on Key Topics

Past outputs

Our work is available exclusively to members for three months from date of publication. It is then released to the media and is available for download.

2017 - Employee Well-being and Resilience

There was one phrase that was used time and again – the term ‘employee wellbeing and resilience’ and this was going to become increasingly important and organisations were going to need to find some answers.

2016 - Future Models of HR

The objective of this study is to investigate and recommend well founded practical suggestions on how HR functions (HRf) might best add value and organise themselves, given the likely changes and challenges in the socio-economic and business environment of the next 5 to 10 years.

2015 - Employer Value Proposition

This research examines the drivers for a focus on employer value proposition (EVP), explores how different organisations are approaching it, what is working and what issues are emerging.

2015 - Performance Management

 It’s interesting to note how often performance management fits into the ‘almost impossible to do’ and ‘low-discernible impact’ box…we have seen a growing trend where many people recognise this and are moving away from the systematic HR-centric approach to performance management.

2014 - What CEOs want from HR (PDF)

This research piece examines what your key internal stakholders, CEOs, want from HR as a function and as individuals.

2014 - Talent Management: Where are we now?

This research explores how organisations are dealing with this new talent context and asks if there are new models of talent management emerging as a result; or whether traditional approaches are still delivering the goods.

Professor Nick Kemsley with additional support and content from Professor Nick Holley

2013 - Big Data and HR (PDF)

This recent ground breaking research carried out by Nick Holley (Co-director of Henley Centre for HR Excellence) looks at how the power of HR analytics will change HR and explores whether this is an opportunity or a threat.

2013 - Is Something Rotten in the state of Leadership Development? (PDF)

The newest research paper based on the output from the workshop in November 2012 which was captured in the YouTube video (please see the link below). Written by Richard Boston, Director of LeaderSpace and Nick Holley, Co-Director of the Centre for HR excellence.

2013 - Leadership Development

Here is the latest piece of work in a rather different format to our usual reports. It was developed at the workshop on Nov 23rd which some of you attended.


2012 - Next Generation HR - Research (PDF)
Next Generation HR - moving forwards into a new economic climate
Nick Kemsley, Nick Holley, Rudi Kindts.

2011 - HR Careers - Desk Research (PDF)
Initial Part to HR Careers research. Provides an overview of existing thinking on HR careers
Nick Holley, Mark Hoyal, Nick Kemsley, Rudi Kindts.

2011 - HR Careers Full Research Report (PDF) 
The research was looking at how to build the capability of the HR function underpinned by an effective career proposition for individuals.
Nick Holley, Mark Hoyal, Nick Kemsley, Rudi Kindts.

2011 - Zero Based HR (PDF-622 KB) 
A study by The Centre for HR Excellence at Henley Business School. 
David Birchall, Nick Holley and Nick Kemsley

2011 - HR and the recovery research (PDF)
Alison Doyle, Nick Holley, Richard McBain, Ann Parkinson

2010 - HR models - final (PDF-6.9 MB) 
HR Models - lessons from best practice - Interview based research
Nick Holley

HR Models - Checklist - Nick Holley (PDF-1 MB) 
We carried out extensive desk research and interviews with a number of organisations  to look at how HR is organised.

2009 - HR models - initial desk research (PDF-1.4 MB) 
HR Models - lessons from best practice - Initial desk research
Nick Holley

2009 - HR after the recession research (PDF-1 MB) 
HR and the recession research
Alison Doyle, Nick Holley, Richard McBain, Ann Parkinson

2008 - HR Employee Engagement Phase 2 (PDF-474 MB) 
A Henley HR Centre of Excellence Research Report
Professor David Birchall, Nick Holley and Benjamin Reid

2008 - Talent management (PDF-651 KB) 
A Henley HR Centre of Excellence Research Report
Prof. David Birchall, Nick Holley and Benjamin Reid

2007 - HR Employee Engagement Phase 1 (PDF-603 KB)
HR research: Report from HR Centre of Excellence Research and members meeting on 6 March 2007. Chris Brewster, Malcolm Higgs, Nick Holley, Richard McBain.

2007 - HR Talent Research (PDF-333 KB) 
The HR Centre of Excellence  carried out research report on HR Talent -  April 2007. Chris Brewster, Nick Holley, Richard McBain, Tim Osborn-Jones.

Harvey Nash 2018 HR Survey

Growth. Change. Uncertainty

Human resources professionals are used to change, they see it all around them. Whether it’s working with the board on a new growth strategy, or helping shape the organisation’s structure to compete in an increasingly competitive world, HR are a key part of getting businesses from A to B.

But the world is also changing. Digital innovation, shifting consumer patterns in the global economy, the increasing need for organisations to have a purpose in society, even political uncertainty, are affecting organisations in ways they never have before.

In one of our other globally recognised studies – the Harvey Nash CIO Survey – we report that almost half of organisations are investing in digital transformation strategies. And no function is more affected by, or so intrinsically involved in this, than Human Resources.

This year’s Harvey Nash HR Survey shines a light on this all. Now in its eighth year, and reflecting the views of over 800 HR leaders across the world, this report shows how HR is leading the way in helping organisations adapt and change for the future. It also shows that there is more work to do, as HR looks to gain more support and influence on the board, as well as capitalise on the ever expanding opportunities, and challenges, of digital.

But one thing is for sure; there has never been a more exciting to be in HR.

Welcome to the 2018 HR Survey. I hope you find it valuable in your business and career planning.

Albert Ellis, CEO

Towards Maturity - Excellence in Learning Based Research and Reports

We help learning professionals make smart, data-driven decisions that result in lasting change.

By equipping people professionals with independent research, advice and resources, Towards Maturity encourages learning innovation that directly impacts business and individual performance. Since 2003, over 6,100 L&D leaders and 40,000+ learners from over 55 countries have participated in Towards Maturity’s independent benchmark research. We’re providing the world’s largest evidence base on what works in learning.

Modernising Learning: Delivering Results (2014)

Go To the bottom of this page to the ‘Related Download’ section to get your free copy of Modernising Learning: Delivering Results, the 2014-15 Towards Maturity Benchmark Study. We are proud to announce the 2014-15 Towards Maturity Benchmark Study, Modernising Learning: Delivering Results.

New Learning Agenda – Talent:Technology:Change

Download the new 2013-14 Towards Maturity Benchmark today from related download section at the bottom of this page. Towards Maturity are proud to launch our 2013-14 Towards Maturity Benchmark, which outlines a New Learning Agenda for business and learning leaders to share to deliver 21st century learning that supports the priorities of 21st century learners and organisations.

Bridging the Gap: The 2012-13 Towards Maturity Benchmark

Our thanks go to the 500 plus respondents from 37 different countries who contributed to the 2012 Toward Maturity Benchmark Study – drawn from 466 organisations that represent well over 2 million employees and in charge of a training budget of well over £850m. These figures give the Report a truly substantial set of foundations from which to work!

Towards Maturity: 2007 Annual Benchmark Report

Three out of four employers who use e-learning for staff training plan to significantly increase their use of informal networks over the next three years, according to e-skills UK research into e-based learning published today. The research was undertaken on behalf of the Skills for Business network of 25 Sector Skills Councils.

Linking Learning to Business: Original 2004 Research

This is one of the original reports on successful e-learning implementation that contributed to the development of the Towards Maturity research findings. It explored the common business factors that contribute to e-learning success within european organisations. 15 successful organisations took part from diverse sectors and feedback was gathered from over 2000 learners within those businesses