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Sauder School of Business

Digital Readiness and Transformation

Digital Readiness & Transformation Introduction - UBC Sauder Executive Education
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Cultivate an innovative organizational culture where digital can thrive by becoming an effective change agent. Learn now to pitch your vision, while carefully balancing resistance and influence during your conversations with internal and external stakeholders. Define your current vs. future state of the business while build a digital maturity model that identifies gaps and drives your organization forward. Develop digital talent that is high-performing, social, customer-centric, and entrepreneurial.

Curriculum topics include:

  • The organizational digital ecosystem
  • The role of “digital” innovation and change agent
  • A digital readiness audit
  • Building a digital maturity model
  • Conducting a gap analysis: current vs. future state
  • Resource planning: HR, financial, operations, technology
  • Digital HR and talent: recruitment, mentoring and/or outsourcing
  • The social organization and culture
  • Digital governance

Course Format

This course is offered 100% online.

Our online courses are structured to provide a positive learning environment for participants to engage in and interact with the content and other participants, as well as with the online instructor who is an industry professional. Instructors facilitate the learning throughout the course and are available to provide feedback and guidance as you navigate through the content. This course is delivered online over 4 weeks and involve an average of 6-10 hours of study per week.

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Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Strategic Human Resource Planning — Hong Kong

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Nov 18—22, 2019
5 days
Hong Kong
USD 8500
USD 1700 per day
Jun 8—12, 2020
5 days
Hong Kong
USD 8500
USD 1700 per day
Nov 9—13, 2020
5 days
Hong Kong
USD 8500
USD 1700 per day


The Michigan Strategic Human Resource Planning program in Asia prepares human resource managers and professionals to become business players in creating and implementing successful business-focused HR strategies.

This challenging program will push you to shift your focus from day-to-day operations to long-term strategic HR. You'll learn tools, frameworks, and best practices from the recently released Human Resource Competency Study, the largest and longest running global study of HR, and build a business-focused strategy to establish your HR unit as a true business partner.

You'll emerge with an action plan to develop the nine HR competencies that drive internal and external value. Action-learning experiences, interactive lectures, case discussions, and in-class activities will guide you in determining what culture, capabilities, and talent you’ll need to make your business strategy work. You’ll learn to identify who creates value and discover ways your workforce can have a major impact on the firm’s performance. You'll emerge with a clear roadmap to create customer and business value through HR.

Learning Objectives

  • Become a strategic partner and transform the HR function into a contributor to the business
  • Turn corporate strategy into HR priorities
  • Enhance your HR practices as a driver of competitive advantage
  • Create a customer-focused culture
  • Learn to articulate the value of HR investments for your business

The Experience

This popular program attracts participants from a wide variety of industries, organizations, and countries, fostering a dynamic learning environment. The following program topics will be presented through a combination of action-learning activities, group discussions, team exercises, lectures, case studies, and projects.


  • Assessing the business strategy and organization structure
  • Understanding the goals process and sequences that make a structure work via case studies and discussion
  • Structural alternatives aligned to strategy


Diagnosing the strategic implications of building great, sustainable organizations using tools from the book What Really Works

Review of basic partnership issues:

What do we need to do to grow/improve this business/unit? * What is our life cycle stage? * What is our Strategy? What does it need to be? * What is our Culture? Is it aligned with our strategy?

Exploration of HR partners vs. HR players

The three strategies required for partnership success:

  • Business strategy
  • Workforce strategy
  • HR strategy

Understanding the three strategies and engaging in a "deep dive" on the strategic capabilities of each participant's firm


Building a workforce strategy

  • Strategic capabilities required: diagnostic tools
  • Present and desired state
  • Gaps and their causes
  • Strategic positions and talent
  • Where, how, and who creates customer and economic value
  • Performance vs. potential

Building talent inventories

  • Case example: building a talent inventory for your line of business/company
  • HR metrics
  • Culture: expect and inspect
  • Talent: bench strength vs. benchmark
  • Leaders; workforce accountabilities


HR strategy and actions

  • What will HR need to do differently with talent to have a profound impact on the creation of customer and economic value?
  • Building a new HR architecture
  • HR practice changes: Selection, Development, Performance management, Rewards, Communication, Work design

Aligning and integrating HR

  • HR as a system: a whole and not a heap
  • The financial impact on the organization of aligned and integrated HR systems

Strategic workforce planning


HR strategy: create a customer-focused culture, improve retention, and develop your best talent

Workforce metrics: learn what information should be captured to track progress and demonstrate the value of HR to the organization

HR leadership: delivering the HR agenda

  • HR as a change agent
  • Leading the HR function
  • Influencing line leaders
  • Talent effectiveness
  • Sustaining change
  • HR with an attitude

Building an action plan to deliver short- and long-term value through HR


  • Frameworks to assess strategic workforce planning, develop talent targets, and deliver business value through human capital
  • Actionable understanding of the ways HR creates customer and business value
  • Expanded knowledge of research-based best practices in HR
  • Increased confidence in your ability to implement strategic HR initiatives that drive organizational growth


  • Metrics to assess and demonstrate the value of your HR operation
  • Tools to ensure every employee creates customer and economic value for your firm
  • A customized strategic plan to shape workforce planning and HR operations
  • Methods to align HR practices with your organization’s strategic priorities

Who should attend

Upper/middle human resource managers responsible for establishing policy at corporate or divisional levels of major corporations or the policy-making head of human resource functions in smaller companies. Participants should be familiar with human resource areas and be ready to adopt new perspectives. The program is also geared toward line executives who need to develop and refine their human resource management skills.


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