Course Preview: Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Program at Wharton

[Video Transcript] Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Program at Wharton

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Program Overview 

Hello, and welcome to the CHRO program. My name is Matthew Bidwell. I'm an associate professor of the Wharton School, and I'm also the Academic Director of this program. And I'm delighted to get to meet you. Now, as you'll be aware, the CHRO is an incredibly important role in organizations. I mean, for most organizations people really are the most important asset. We need them just to get the work done. And unless we have the right people motivated in the right ways, and excited to be doing what they're doing, the organization is just not going to be effective.  And so, your job is incredibly important. It's hard as well, when we think about the role of the  CHRO, this is kind of a dual remake, right?  


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On the one hand, you've got to make sure that all of the HR processes are running effectively and are designed to really contribute to organizational performance. But on the other hand, you're also a part of the top management team. And so, a lot of what you're doing also is understanding the overall organization. And how you can exert influence and really contribute to performance within it. Our goal in this course is to help you in these roles. Bring new ideas, new information, and new techniques that can make you even more effective at what you're doing. As we structured the program, we've really tried to emphasize three things that we think would be really effective and helpful for you.  

The first, obviously, is content. And so, I've really tried to bring you the best that Wharton has to offer in terms of ideas, and knowledge that is really relevant to the role of the CHRO within the HR  function and within the organization as a whole. The second way, which we really hope you're going to learn, is through the network. We are bringing together people in similar HR leadership roles from across organizations and creating opportunities for you to share problems and share ideas and solutions to give you new insights that you can use in your work. And then the third thing that I don't want to shortchange is really drawing on your own experience, that a lot of what we're trying to achieve through this program is your own reflection as well. Giving you the opportunity to take this knowledge from Wharton, take this knowledge from the other people around you, and spend time reflecting on your own role and on the ways that you can perform it even better.  

We hope, then, that this program will provide you space, that learning from reflection, to really take you to an even higher level of performance. I'm really looking forward to getting to work with you and meeting you over these weeks. We hope you'll find this program valuable.

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