David Ulrich

Pioneering Business Management Thinker

Speaker Themes

  • Organisational management
  • Talent management
  • HR
  • Culture change
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • The future of work

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Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organisations and leaders deliver value.  

David has published over 200 articles and book chapters and over 30 books. He edited Human Resource Management from 1990 to 1999, and served on the editorial board of 4 Journal and on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller (16 years).

As a keynote speaker, David has delivered speeches to large audiences in 90 countries; performed workshops for over half of the Fortune 200; coached successful business leaders, and is a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources.

Over his career, Professor Ulrich has built a reputation for continually learning, turning complex ideas into simple solutions, and creating real value to those he works with.

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David Ulrich’s work has established him as pioneer in the field of business management.

In particular, his keynote speeches cover three main areas:

Organization.  With co-authors, he has influenced thinking about modern organizations (Reinventing the Organization) by empirically showing how organization delivers 4 times business results over talent (Victory Through Organization), defined organizations as bundles of capabilities (Organization Capability) and worked to delineate capabilities oftalent management (Why of Work; Talent Accelerator), culture change (GE Workout), learning (Learning Organization Capability), andcollaboration (Boundaryless Organization). 

Leadership.  With colleagues, he has also articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code and Results Based Leadership), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), shown how leadership delivers market value (Why the Bottom Line Isn’t), shapes investor expectations with an ability to measure leadership (Leadership Capital Index), and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability). 

Human Resources.  He and his colleagues have shaped the HR profession and he has been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade” by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In).  He spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR) distributed to over 1,500,000 HR professionals), in which 70 thought leaders freely shared their insights.

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