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HR Forum: From Strategy to Action

What role can HR play in helping organisations implement strategic change?

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Nottingham Business School's HR Forum: From Strategy to Action provides a great opportunity for like minded HR professionals to network, share their experiences and hear from industry experts.

  • From: Tuesday 24 June 2014, 10.45 am
  • To: Tuesday 24 June 2014, 2.30 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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What role can HR play in helping organisations implement strategic change?

Our latest forum provides latest thinking and practitioner insight on how HR professionals can lift their game and become true business partners in the design and implementation of strategic change initiatives.

HR should play a pivotal role in strategic change; yet their contribution is often either not recognised or remains focussed on the tactical implementation of change initiatives. There is an ever increasing need for HR to be able to operate strategically, particularly in times of transformation and change. As a result HR professionals need to rethink how they engage in organisational change so they become central to the process.

By attending the forum, you will:

  • learn from leading experts who have been at the forefront of significant strategic change initiatives.
  • learn from peers in break-out sessions designed to help you rethink the role you can play in driving successful change in your organisation.

Key themes of the forum; how HR can:

  • offer proven 'high impact' interventions - such as 'high performance organisation' and the 'built to change' organisation - central to competitiveness in a turbulent environment.
  • help businesses define current capability and desired future state.
  • help the business define the change journey and create a change programme that delivers progress.
  • drive strategic change by becoming more politically skilled.
  • understand organisations as political systems, with change as a politicised process where good ideas compete with each other for attention, resources, and permission to implement.
  • influence strategic change by understanding how political tactics can be used in many positive and constructive ways. The stereotype of politics as 'dirty tricks' is misleading.
  • use sophisticated political tactics such as issue selling to strengthen the function's power base and exert greater influence over management decisions - and strategic change.


8.45 am - 9.15 amRegistration and coffee on arrival
9.15 am - 9.30 amIntroduction to the day - Suzanne Ross
9.30 am - 10.30 amHR and strategic change leadership: play the politics and lift your game – Professor David Buchanan
10.30 am - 10.45 amNetworking break
10.45 am - 11.45 amHR's Strategic Role in building organisations that are Fit For The Future – Geoff Glover, Volvo Cars Case Study.
11.45 am - 12.15 pmLearning from experience: facilitated break-out sessions to learn from peers
12.15 pm - 1 pmLunch
1 pmClose

Guest Speakers:

Professor David Buchanan, Visiting Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Nottingham Business School and Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cranfield University is a leading expert, consultant, author and speaker with over 30 years' experience in organisational behaviour and change implementation across Public, Private and Third Sector. He is author of over two dozen books, in Organisational Behaviour and Change Management. His current project looks at management attitudes to organisational politics and transformational change in acute healthcare.

Geoff Glover, is a HR leader with 32 years experience in the function. Geoff identifies his key interests as "securing competitive advantage through people", learning and development and diversity. During the HR Forum he will share his experience of his three Global Vice President roles within Volvo to look at the human resources strategic role in building businesses and organisations fit for the future. Geoff will talk about the work he did at Volvo with McKinsey on building a healthy organisation and what it means for HR leaders.

Booking information

Booking Information

The delegate fee for the HR Forum is £75 + VAT which will include a buffet lunch and refreshments. Places are limited, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Book your place via our online store now.

If you have any queries or problems, please email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8681 to reserve your place. 

Please be aware that photography will be taking place at this event and any images captured may be used for Nottingham Trent University's internal and external publicity purposes. If you do not wish your image to be used, please notify a member of staff upon arrival.

Location details


Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street


There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes walking distance. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this car park please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

If you are travelling to Nottingham by car the fastest and easiest way to get to the Newton building is by using the city's park and ride tram service. NET Trams depart every ten minutes from the Phoenix Park and Hucknall sites and takes you directly into the city within 20 minutes. The cost of a day travel ticket is £3.50.

The tram is also convenient if you are travelling by train. Trams also depart from Nottingham Train Station at ten minute intervals. You can alight at either the Royal Centre or Nottingham Trent University tram stop as they are equidistant to the Newton building.

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