Research Projects

Our mission since 1926 has been to advance the knowledge and practice of human relationships in industry, commerce, education, and government. Most recently, our focus is on research that provides practical and actionable insights to help organizations, leaders, and workers to be successful in the digital economy. IRC4HR contributes to the success of projects through financial support, as well as by providing high-level IRC4HR consulting, advisory, and thought leadership services. Featured here are projects sponsored by IRC4HR.

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A Capability Framework for Business Ecosystem Leadership

Participants in today’s business ecosystems collaborate in ways that are significantly different than previous collaboration models. This requires a shift in mindset and a new and unique set of management practices.

More The Relational Drivers of Well-Being

The Relational Drivers of Well-Being

Learn how people’s connections with others create the essential fabric that underpins well-being through the four pillars of purpose, resilience, personal growth, and physical health.

More Agility at the Point of Execution: How the Most Successful Leaders Drive Team Agility and Productive Collaboration

Agility at the Point of Execution: How the Most Successful Leaders Drive Team Agility and Productive Collaboration

At the start of this study in 2019 – and in the past decade – it was already understood that cross-functional teams and networks are the primary source of innovation and the way that work gets done in most organizations.

More Work for Tomorrow: Innovating for an Aging Workforce

Work for Tomorrow: Innovating for an Aging Workforce

Work for Tomorrow is a global innovation competition, led by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), which seeks to identify and reward the most promising innovations to address the challenges and opportunities of an aging workforce.

More Organizing for Business Ecosystem Leadership: Insights from Expert Conversations and a Global Survey

Organizing for Business Ecosystem Leadership: Insights from Expert Conversations and a Global Survey

Leading and managing the complex networks that constitute a company’s business ecosystem has become a critical capability to compete successfully in the context of digital transformation dynamics, which are disrupting industries and redefining the way business works in the 21st century.

More <span>The Digital Organization Design</span> STAR Lab

The Digital Organization Design STAR Lab

A STARLab is a highly structured workshop that uses design-thinking to explore the future of organization design and leadership. Experts in technology and organization design work together with high-level representatives from different organizations to create prototypes for the future of organization design and leadership to be tested in practice.

More Digital Transformation Challenges for Leaders and Organizations

Digital Transformation Challenges for Leaders and Organizations

This study explores, through deep-dive interviews, how senior stakeholders from functions that are relevant in the Digital Transformation process perceive the related leadership and organizational challenges (with special emphasis on cross-boundary collaboration).

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Personal Network Strategies of Successful People

As the collaborative intensity of work has exploded and the pace of change has accelerated over the past decade, personal networks have become critical to the performance and well-being of individuals (and organizations).

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Work for Humanity

This exciting, human-centered initiative is exploring how to better leverage technology to help people perform more valuable and meaningful work in a dynamic and unpredictable future.

More Inclusion by Design: <div><span>A Conference for Building the Inclusive Workplace of the Future</span></div>

Inclusion by Design:
A Conference for Building the Inclusive Workplace of the Future

Inclusion by Design is a conference for women 50+, business and civic leaders, and anyone else who is passionate about inclusive workplaces.