Shaping the Future
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Shaping the Future


In 2013, the SHRM Foundation introduced its new Thought Leadership Initiative.

The SHRM Foundation’s vision is to be “the globally recognized catalyst for shaping human resource thought leadership and research”. To achieve this vision, the Foundation has adopted a strategic initiative to shape and enable thought leadership around workforce issues for progressive organizational leaders.

The SHRM Foundation will partner with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)to conduct a multi-phase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to impact the workplace in 5-10 years. To scan what is over the horizon, we will collect and integrate trends and predictions from a variety of sources--including surveys of business leaders and panels of subject matter experts-- that reflect a wide range of disciplines.

We will analyze and synthesize this information to identify the key issues with implications for the future of HR and for managing the workforce in the next 5-10 years. We will then promote, fund and disseminate thought-provoking research on these important human capital themes through multiple channels such as briefing papers, videos, podcasts and articles.

Through this initiative, the SHRM Foundation will add value to the HR profession by informing “what’s next” and providing forward thinking, future-oriented ideas to business leaders. This will help them identify and understand the threats and opportunities in the future global environment so they can manage their organizations more successfully. It will also give the SHRM Foundation the ability to fund research and work with partners to develop evidence-based solutions, practices, and tools for meeting the challenges and opportunities HR professionals will face alongside their business leaders.