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Dave Ulrich Tops List of Most Influential Leaders in Human Resources

6/15/2006 --

Ross School professor is voted No. 1 in HR Magazine’s list of "movers and shakers."

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Dave Ulrich, professor of business administration and director of the Human Resource Executive Program at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, is ranked number one on HR Magazine's list of most influential people in the Human Resources field.

The Top 100 list includes academics, authors, consultants, directors and executives. The list was determined by readers of HR Magazine.

Readers sent in lists of up to 10 influential leaders that HR Magazine whittled down to 100. These 100 nominees then voted for each other, based on who inspires them the most. Nominees could vote for as many as 10 in a secret online ballot, but could not vote for themselves.

The editors of HR Magazine praised Ulrich's work, stating that "today's common model of what is expected of a modern human resources function is distilled from his thinking—effectiveness, strategy, added value and delivery."

Ulrich's research focuses on creating an organization that adds value to employees, customers and investors. He has authored numerous books, including Human Resource Champions, The HR Value Proposition and Why the Bottom Line Isn't. He has been a consultant for more than half of the Fortune 200 companies.

"Dave Ulrich continues after more than a decade to be the leading HR thinker on the planet," said Daniel Kasmir, HR and corporate affairs director of Manpower Inc. EMEA. "If you have the opportunity, take his class at the University of Michigan—wow."

Other HR professionals who voted for Ulrich cited his work on promoting HR as a business function rather than one of support and his emphasis on people issues and implementing a people agenda.

"This means so much to me because unlike other prizes, this is voted on by the people in HR who know," Ulrich said.

HR Magazine is published monthly by the Society for Human Resource Management. The Society's mission is to provide HR professionals with the best resources available and to advance HR as an essential partner in developing and executing organizational strategy.

To read more about Ulrich's work and the strategic role of HR, please see Intellectual Capital in the Spring 2006 issue of Dividend Alumni Magazine.

For more information, contact:
Adrienne Losh
Phone: (734) 615-5068
E-mail: alosh@umich.edu