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HARRT at UCLA celebrated a milestone; 2016 marked our 30th year as a forum for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and academic research affecting the practice of human resources.

HARRT Members are encouraged to join our exclusive LinkedIn Group. For information or an invite, email

The theme of our 2018 Retreat was: Human Resources Innovation: Now to Next. Building on previous topics of transformation, disruption, and change; this year we explored specific ways to strategically move our organizations into the future. Our speakers brought the latest thinking on approaching innovation with an entrepreneurial mindset, applying technology for organizational innovation, keeping the “human” in human resources with empathy and compassion, the changing CHRO profile, and the next frontier of employee experience.

Vacit Arat, CEO, HIA Technologies
Corinne Bendersky, Professor of Management and Organizations, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Ben Dewar, Partner, TrueSearchHenrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO, Fisker Inc.
Martha Josephson, Senior Partner, Egon Zehnder
Terry Kramer, Professor of Decisions, Operations & Technology Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management; Faculty Director of UCLA Anderson’s Easton Technology Management Center, Former Vodafone Group Executive, Former U. S. Ambassador
Amy Levoie, People Scientist, Glint
Paul Leonardi, Professor, Duca Family Endowed Chair, Technology Management;
UC Santa Barbara
Mark Levy, Former CHRO, Airbnb, HR Consultant
Francis (Fran) Luisi, Partner,Head of Human Resources Practice, Odgers Berndtson

And More…

May 22, 2018 – Creating a Magical Employee Experience!

“How do organizations do it?” Join insightful thought leaders from Willis Towers Watson and the Disney Institute to learn the latest insights to better understand and shape the employee experience. We will examine how technology and data analytics support continuous listening to directly impact employee engagement and commitment while re-defining “engagement ownership” in your organization.  Also, we will explore the Disney approach to talent management, leadership and culture that creates a nurturing environment and fosters Cast Member motivation and engagement.

Click Here for one of the research articles from the event

Additional research and the slide deck for the event can be accessed here.

Day of Learning – April 25, 2018 HARRT and WTW Recap

Reinventing Work: People. Technology. Time.

Today’s realities are shaped by a growing digital revolution. Technologies are fusing, blurring lines between the physical, digital and biological worlds, and technological breakthroughs like artificial intelligence and robotics will continue to evolve.

These changes are dramatic compared to previous revolutions in that they are already disrupting almost every industry in every country and having a major impact on work and jobs. The result is a complex work environment characterized by significant job creation as well as job displacement, heightened labor productivity but also a widening skills gap.

The Future of Work is becoming an important topic for many organizations, both for its HR implications and its impact on overall business strategy. Is your company prepared?

On Wednesday, April 25th, David Rock, Michelle McKinney, Ravin Jesuthasan, and Professor Craig Fox joined HARRT at UCLA and Willis Towers Watson for a Day of Learning. This annual event offers new perspectives on the volatile marketplace and workforce challenges. Attendees are HARRT Senior Executive members and their teams. If you would like to become a member of HARRT at UCLA and attend next year’s event, please contact us through this form. Materials from the event are available for members in the research section of the website.

Click here to see the event’s agenda.


HARRT at UCLA with the RAND Corporation

With the rapidly changing workplace, new technology and multi-generational workforce to name a few, Human Resources needs to become more innovative and agile in the way services are delivered and programs are developed. How would you rate yourself on the resilience scale? Sandy Asch, thought leader and author will lead us in a discussion on personal skills and development. You will be given a self-assessment to identify personal development opportunities. You will also hear from a CHRO panel: Allison Elder, Vice President, Human Resources, RAND and David N. Heath, Fmr. Vice President, Global Human Resources, Panasonic Avionics Corporation who will share their insights about how they assess HR talent and the skills needed for future success in the field. The latest Bersin Report, HR Technology Disruptions 2018, will be used as the foundation for the conversation, and participants will be encouraged to consider these trends within their organization.

Click here for a preview from speaker Sandy Asch.

2017 3rd Annual T-Mobile UCLA Anderson MBA Case Competition

T-Mobile and HARRT at UCLA Judges

1st Place Team – Wireless Warriors

2017 HARRT at UCLA Annual Retreat

The theme of our 2017 Retreat was “HR Blueprint for Innovation.” Many HR organizations are searching for answers on how to keep ahead of the challenges created by digital transformation. Our speakers will explore the impact of rapidly advancing technologies on the future workplace. We will also collaborate on innovative solutions to become catalysts for organizational change by redesigning talent management practices, leveraging service delivery models, and rethinking the employee experience. We will examine a blueprint to explore new perspectives for organization, department, and personal growth through four lenses: be digital, be human, be well, and be generational.

Some of the featured speakers (alpha order):

Brian Baker, SVP, Global People Division, Walmart
 Founder and CEO STRIVR
Ori Brafman, Author, Founder of Starfish Leadership, Lecturer at UC Berkeley
Jacqui Canney, EVP, Global People Division, Walmart
Keith Ferrazzi, Chairman and Founder, Ferrazzi Greenlight
Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates
Zoe Harte, Vice President, Human Resources, Upworks
Hal Hershfield, Associate Professor of Marketing, UCLA Anderson School
Elaine Orler, CEO and Founder, Talent Function
James Rosseau Sr., Chief Commercial Officer, LegalShield Official

and many more that can be found here

Glimpse into the presentations here.


March 2018 Economic Outlook

The national economy remains strong with real GDP growth approximating 3% this year. However, a tightening labor market accompanied by rising inflation and higher interest rates will cause growth to slow in 2019 and 2020. Further increased trade tensions combined with trillion dollar deficits will add to economic uncertainty as the decade ends.

In Residential Real Estate, although house prices have more than recovered from their previous peaks over a decade ago, housing activity as measured by starts and existing home sales has not. What gives? Why haven’t we witnessed a full recovery given the strength in the broader economy? The forecast will attempt to answer these questions and whether or not the boom in apartments rents and multi-family construction will continue.

  • How strong will the defense spending boom be?
  • Will trade tensions spill over into the broader economy?
  • California economic growth has slowed the last few months. Does this portend a
  • trend?
  • How will rising interest rates affect residential construction in California?
  • How do housing prices impact migration and vice versa across the country?

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HARRT Member Spotlight

The Importance of Becoming a Student of the Business

Stephanie Neuvirth

As anyone who works in the business world knows, change is constant. Most associates are being challenged on a regular basis to stay sharp, advance their skills, and be well networked.

A lot of these pursuits take one’s focus outside of the company, and even the industry. But to be effective and to ensure strong, sustainable performance, you need to be a student of your own business first. Read More



Impact can be moderated by group leaders and participants

Corinne Bendersky, Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, says it’s essential for members of a task group to have a sense of their status within the group. “It’s like many social shortcuts or heuristics we use to navigate our complex social world,” she says. “Status is important in establishing a hierarchy so it’s easier to make and implement decisions. It can be very functional.”

But in a recent paper called, “Status Conflict in Groups,” Bendersky and co-author Nicholas Hays show that task groups can also be derailed as members compete for higher status within a social hierarchy. The findings come from a study of student teams.

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UCLA HR Spotlight

Oscars Create Process For Members To Report Workplace Misconduct

Written by: Lauren Holter

Women of Hollywood have said “time’s up,” and the Film Academy is taking steps to address sexual harassment within its ranks. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson recently sent a letter to members outlining the Academy’s new process for handling claims of workplace misconduct. “This is only a small step towards the larger goal of encouraging workplace environments that support creativity, equality, and respect,” she wrote. Read More.

Thank you to the following members for providing outstanding thought leadership for our program development.