Wayne Brockbank


Dr. Wayne Brockbank is the first partner emeritus of The RBL Group.  Professor Brockbank has made significant contributions as a Clinical Professor of Business at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and as a consultant and executive educator at The RBL Group.

Wayne’s research, consulting and teaching made important contributions to strategic human resource management strategy and implementation, and international business.  As a researcher, he co-authored four ground breaking books: Competencies for the New HR (2003), HR Value Proposition (2005), HR Competencies (2007) and HR Transformation (2009).  These books were based on the 20 year long research project on HR Competencies. He has also published significant articles in Human Resource Management Journal, Human Resource Planning, Harvard Business Review and Personnel Administrator and has contributed numerous book chapters. In 1989, 1996 and 2000, he received the best HR paper of the year from the Society of Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Planning Society.

As an educator, at the University of Michigan’s Executive Education Center, Wayne directed the Director of the Center for Strategic Human Resource Leadership.  He was the Faculty Director of the Strategic Human Resource Planning Program and Co-Director of the Advanced Human Resource Executive Program and the Human Resource Executive Program.  These executive programs are consistently rated over the last twenty years as the best HR executive programs in the United States and Europe by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Leadership Excellence.  He was also the founding Faculty Director of the Michigan Global Executive MBA.

He is also the Director of the Michigan Human Resource Executive Programs in Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and India as well as the Michigan Global Program in Management Development in India.  And, he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Instituto De Altos Estudios Empresariales (Argentina) and has taught in university executive programs in Australia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, England, Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, China, Malaysia, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.

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    Victory Through Organization

    By Wayne Brockbank, David Kryscynski, Mike Ulrich, Dave Ulrich
    Item #: 3921
    Victory Through Organization demonstrates that organizational success isn’t just about the talent you have –– it’s about how the collective organization makes the individual talent better.
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    HR From the Outside In

    By Wayne Brockbank, Dave Ulrich, Mike Ulrich, Jon Younger
    Item #: 3429
    Can HR Deliver value to "the business"? Yes, it can, and it must. This book is filled with tips for guiding and empowering HR professionals — and entire departments — so that HR might bring benefits of a different kind to everyone in your organization. HR From the Outside In will teach you: the six key HR competencies; how to develop HR professionals to be high-performers; how to structure an HR department that delivers maximum value; and what it takes...
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    HR Transformation

    By Justin Allen, Dave Ulrich, Mark Nyman, Wayne Brockbank, Jon Younger
    Item #: 32CTFS
    The biggest challenge for HR professionals today is to help their respective organizations succeed. HR professionals often focus internally on the function of HR rather than externally on what customers and investors need HR to deliver. If HR professionals are to truly serve as business partners, then their goals must be the goals of the business. Transforming HR professionals into business partners isn't the end in and of itself; it's the means to a strategic, business-oriented end.
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