University of Southern California

Strategic Partnership with Impact: Strategy Analysis for Organization and Human Resources
The Center for Effective Organizations Presents Workshop Mar. 18-20
March 9, 2009 • by News at Marshall

USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations seminar for professionals involved in human resources, HR strategy, organization effectiveness and talent management seeking unique strategy opportunities in talent and how talent is organized and deployed

WHAT: The Center for Effective Organizations at the USC Marshall School of Business presents a two-day workshop that shows HR leaders involved in talent management and organization effectiveness how decisions about human capital, talent and organization design and effectiveness connect to business and strategic success. The seminar provides a proven framework that helps human resources professionals answer a key question "Where will talent and organization investments make the biggest difference to our strategic success?" Participants will work directly with tools to analyze organizational strategy at all levels and practice by applying tools to available information from their organizations.

Participants will learn and apply the framework featured in Beyond HR (Harvard Business School Publishing) by John Boudreau and Pete Ramstad. Using that framework Boudreau and Ramstad will show participants how to analyze their own strategies to uncover hidden vital pivot-points where HR and talent management will make their biggest strategic contribution. This framework has enabled organizations to achieve true line-of-sight between HR investments and their sustainable strategic success.

WHO: The workshop draws on the internationally recognized faculty at USC's Center for Effective Organizations and highly renowned practitioners:

  • John Boudreau, CEO research director, is recognized worldwide for breakthrough research on the bridge between superior human capital, talent, and sustainable competitive advantage. His recent books, Beyond HR, Investing in People and Achieving Strategic Excellence describe the new decision science for human capital measurement and decisions.
  • Peter M. Ramstad, is a Vice President with The Toro Company, a leading manufacturer or outdoor maintenance equipment and precision irrigation systems. He is responsible for Toro's HR function globally as well as its strategic and business development activities, including mergers, acquisitions and technology joint ventures, the company's strategic planning process and the Center for Advanced Turf Technology, which is Toro's primary research function. As a result, he can speak from experience to the unique issues of connecting HR professionals to the strategy of an organization. He is also the co-author of Beyond HR with John Boudreau.

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 – Friday, March 20, 2009

    WHERE: Portofino Hotel, 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

    REGISTRATION: Spaces still available. Fees are $2,550 per person / Sponsor Company; $3,250 per person / Non-sponsor Company; Groups of three or more from the same company receive a 15% discount

    MORE: More information about the seminar is available at

    CONTACT: Ursula Barlow at the Center for Effective Organizations at (213) 740-9814

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.