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HR Meets the Supply Chain

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 18, 2008

One of the big ideas these days in human resources is that the function can learn a lot from their friends over in supply chain logistics. As people skills and talent demands shift from one area or region to the next, HR professionals will need to have the skills to be able to move people into new jobs, anticipate supply problems up or down the line, and forecast demand in the future.

That’s why this post over at the great blog HR Capitalist intrigues me. Blogger Kris Dunn, an HR VP at SourceMedical, a software company, writes SABMiller’s new head of HR, Tony van Kralingen. While that sort of news is announced every day, van Kralingen is also taking up a second post. His title? Director of human resources and supply chain. Not only is the overlap in skill sets in today’s economy interesting. It should also give van Kralingen a better seat at the table than the average HR exec, who is all too often seen as having little impact on the bottom line, and therefore, given little voice in major company decisions.

For more on the idea of human resources as having a lot to learn from the supply chain, check out Peter Cappelli’s great book, Talent on Demand.



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