Cornell University

Executive Education

193 Ives Faculty Building, 607-255-5324

HR Strategy: Creating Competitive Advantage Through People

April 28 - May 2, 2014 - $30,000 per team ($25,000 for CAHRS Sponsor companies)
September 15 - 19, 2014 - $30,000 per team ($25,000 for CAHRS Sponsor companies)

Classes take place on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York.

To register, contact Christine Cotton by phone at 607-255-5324, or by email at

This intensive five day strategic HR program is open to teams of four to five mid to upper level professionals from HR (or a combination of HR and other functions) who come together to work on an identified and important business issue. The unique format of this course - with multiple company teams, working on their own unique problems - creates an ideal environment for learning and best practice exchange.

Learning Objectives

The primary goal of this course is to help HR professionals better understand their business strategy, and to explore the ways that the management of human capital can help the company achieve its strategic objectives. We provide specific tools to help participants make the linkages between strategy and HR clearer, and we guide you in the analysis of your total HR system looking for areas where current practices can be better leveraged, or where current activities hinder the achievement of strategic goals.

Course Curriculum

  • Business Strategy and the Creation of Value
  • HR Strategy and the Management of Human Capital Pools
  • Horizontal and Vertical Alignment of an HR System
  • Managing for Innovation
  • Change Management
  • Building a 90 day Plan for Strategic HR Change

Who Should Attend

This unique offering is open to teams of four to six mid to upper level human resource professionals (10+ years experience) from one company, who bring with them a business issue or case that has human capital implications. Cross-functional teams including HR are also welcomed. Our faculty will work with your team in advance to select and scope an appropriate business problem statement.

Why We Like the Team Approach

Increases the transfer of training and knowledge back to the workplace. Teams work on existing company issues, are encouraged to present solutions, and receive immediate feedback and suggestions from other participants and faculty.

Improves the overall effectiveness of your HR organization and change efforts. Our team training format helps create a support network within participating organizations, making team members champions for their change efforts back in the office.

A great learning experience for people two to three levels beneath the chief HR officer, and very useful for a group from the same business unit who are wrestling with a particularly critical or thorny business issue.


ILR Conference Center, Cornell University
323 Garden Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853

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Christine Cotton
Program Manager