HRx Helsinki

Gert Jan’s long-standing aim is teasing out the generic dynamics of human social behaviour. His stance is that people are not unpredictable, but ill-understood. Knowledge is patchy, obscuring the big picture. He uses simulation gaming and social simulation as preferred methods that integrate knowledge from many fields to yield operable knowledge that can be applied in all kinds of practical contexts.

Gert Jan Hofstede HRx Keynote

In his HRx keynote speech, Gert Jan Hofstede argues that we can use numerical information to improve HRM, but that we can equally well go terribly wrong with it. We go wrong if the numbers become aims themselves, which often happens. We can go right if we realise:

  1. HRM is management of entire organisations, not loose individuals
  2. People change their behaviour if they know it’s being monitored
  3. We need a purpose first before we start collecting numbers

So what purpose does HRM serve?

Each organisation should first analyse where it stands and where it wants to go. That should yield a purpose. That purpose can then lead to data collection. Or it could lead to the use of research data that already exist, as in the case of cross-national ventures where predictable HR issues can arise.

You can see the Gert Jan Hofstede HRx Keynote video here:

Gert Jan Hofstede HRx keynote on social media

You can find tweets relating to the Gert Jan Hofstede HRx Keynote and the HRx event on social media via the #HRxhki hashtag as well as on the itim International Twitter account.

Gert Jan Hofstede HRx keynote

Key insights

“We live in an age where corporations are people and employees are not.” Clifford Cohen