The development of e-business will increasingly be led by HR professionals, according to Dr Laurence Lyons of Henley Management College.
But they need to stake their claim for the ‘strategic high ground’ now, Lyons will tell the national conference of the CIPD at Harrogate today.
Lyons, Research Director of the Future Work Forum at Henley, said there was an expectation that ‘HR will shift its role from simply providing the delivery mechanism to become the new business driver of change.’
He added, ‘HR is the only function with the relevant people-focus to create the soft strategies businesses now need to deliver bottom line results. However unless HR gets its house in order there is a real danger that other business functions will win the race for the strategic high ground.’
By Lisa Bratby