Paul Kearns


Paul Kearns is one of the Founding members and Chair of the Maturity Institute (MI) and leads on Whole system Management. He is also Senior Partner at OMS LLP, the first professional services firm to grow out of MI, and co-author, with MI colleague Stuart Woollard, of MI’s first textbook ‘The Mature Corporation. A Model of Responsible Capitalism‘.

After graduating in economics and economic history Paul 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.

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 organizational health in terms of human governance and human capital management issues that will enable an organization to achieve its goals.

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