Aon Hewitt comes up with a unique research initiative to boost India Inc’s HR industry

May 20, 20152:28 pm546 views
Aon Hewitt comes up with a unique research initiative to boost India Inc’s HR industry
Aon Hewitt Initiative to boost India Inc HR industry in 2015

To support India Inc’s growth into human resources and leadership, one of the country’s leading HR consultant Aon Hewitt has come up with a unique “Made-in-India” programme to address key HR, talent and people management issues faced by industry leaders and organizations alike.

This initiative has been built with the joint efforts of companies like Mahindra & Mahindra, Vodafone, ICICI Bank, Deloitte Genpact, and Essar. Also academicians from top business schools are a part of this unique HR “Made-in-India” development programme.

Rajeev Dubey, group president, HR and corporate services, at Mahindra and Mahindra told the Economic Times, “”The vision is to bridge the gap between academia and industry imperatives through data-driven robust research that will act as the action agenda for organisations to implement at the workplace.”

The objective of this initiative is to focus on home-grown research for promoting talent and leadership in the country. Stressing on the lack of research and relevant data availability on the best practice solutions for HR industry, Dubey added, “I believe that going forward it will be the fusion of West and East in all possible facets of business practices that will define the successful company of tomorrow.”

Sandeep Chaudhary, CEO of Aon Hewitt opines, “In HR, there is a larger reliance on what emanates from the West. There has been very little thought leadership emerging from India. The perception is that there is not much being done in Indian organisations; that’s not necessarily true. Organisations in India don’t pay enough attention to practices and principles developed locally.”

This research initiative focuses on topics such as ‘Talent Development: Exploring the Derailment Factors, its Impact and the Way Forward; Transforming Leadership: Role of Values and Self-Concepts’ and many more.

This ongoing research initiative funded by the industry will seek to bridge gap existing between theory and practice. Besides Chaudhary and Dubey, other founding members of the Aon think tank include Ashok Ramchandran of Vodafone, TK Srirang of ICICI Bank, Adil Malia of Essar, SV Nathan of Deloitte India, Piyush Mehta of Genpact and Professor Biju Varkkey from IIM-Ahmedabad.

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This programme will present a unique repository of Indian success stories; wherein corporate case studies will be presented for better understanding on the research done and practices followed that have earned company’s global acclaim.

“India has unique HR challenges. Some are generic while some are specific–demographic, employability and significant geographical nuances,” said Mehta of Genpact. “The collaborative part of the project is unique. It will add huge amount of value in understanding HR.”

With most Indian management schools using foreign case studies as examples to boost HR trends, it is very difficult for students to actually draw a connection within the Indian context and realities that exist on the ground. Such research initiatives which are India-centric will document the DNA of HR practices in India.

According to a recent press release, Aon Hewitt has been named to the 2015 Global Outsourcing 100® list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP®). The IAOP 2015 Global Outsourcing 100 list recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers across all industries, including information technology, sales, and research and development.

Maureen Scholl, CEO, Outsourcing, Aon Hewitt said, “Being named to the Global Outsourcing 100 list provides an important validation for companies seeking a strong outsourcing partner that we are highly regarded as one of the world’s best outsourcing service providers.”

Aon Hewitt also received sub-list honors for Best Leaders in Overall Revenue, Best Leaders in Number of Employees and Best Leaders in Number of Countries Worldwide.

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