Paul Kearns


Paul Kearns is one of the Founding members of MI and now Chairs the institute and Leads on Performance Management. He is Director of Strategic Human Capital consultancy PWL and Senior Partner at OMS LLP, the first professional services firm to grow out of MI.

He graduated in economics and economic history and entered the HR field in 1978, starting in sharp end industrial relations before moving into training and development and eventually mainstream executive HR roles in engineering and manufacturing. Paul has spent his entire career helping organisations to adopt a more mature approach to people management.

His seminal work ‘The Value Motive‘ (Wiley, 2007) explains how the profit motive is only a pale proxy for value; especially when the world is re-defining value, performance and success in much broader, environmental terms. This fundamental concept underpins all of his other works including ‘HR Strategy’ (2nd Ed. 2010), a post-grad and MBA set text that provides the basis for his MBA programme and Executive Education Masterclasses.  Paul’s latest book ‘Organizational learning & development – From an evidence base‘ is published by Routledge (2014) and here is Book cover Professional HR. Evidence-Based People Management & Developmentan extract from the Foreword to his book ‘Professional HR‘ by Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer (Stanford University), co-author of ‘Hard Facts‘ and a leading advocate of evidence-based management.

“That’s the state of play in human resources today mindless imitation of what others are doing, little to no systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of management practices and programs, infrequent data-driven diagnoses of the problems HR is expected to address, in short, little of the professionalism now almost taken for granted in medicine, to take just one example.”

Maturity is not about mindlessly imitating anyone but working from business imperatives and diagnosing the human governance and human capital management issues that will enable the organization to achieve its goals.

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