Research reports

Research reports offer in-depth analysis and commentary on current management and development issues, with real-life case studies to help formulate and influence strategy and practice within your organisation. Find out about our current research.

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Creating an enabling future for carers in the workplace

Explores the growing trend of carers within the workplace and the need for employers to recognise this increase and it's impact on both the employer and employee. Produced in partnership with Westfield Health.

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    Business savvy: giving HR the edge

     March 2012

    Identifies and explains the four foundations of business savvy and gives an overview of what makes up business savvy competence.


    Next Generation HR: Insight driven

     November 2011

    Further defines key elements in HR’s ongoing evolution after further research and development of our thinking conducted with senior leaders in the profession as part of our highly successful bespoke leaders programme.


    Achieving sustainable organisation performance through HR in SMEs

     June 2012

    This Research Insight examines the role of HR in SMEs in driving sustainable organisation performance through different stages of organisation transition.


    Human Resources in the Recession

     January 2011

    Read the summary of a major research initiative on Human Resources in the Recession commissioned by the LRC in association with CIPD Ireland.


    Next Generation HR. Time for change : towards a next generation for HR

     February 2010

    Reports on the Next Generation HR research which looks at the changing nature of HR and emerging practice work which HR functions are engaged in.


    Responsible and sustainable business: HR leading the way

     February 2012

    A series of thought pieces from experts and leaders in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability which explore the issues around what it means to be a responsible and sustainable business.


    Next Generation HR Asia: case studies

     May 2012

    Case studies from CIPD's Next Generation HR Asia research which explore four areas of innovative HR practice that address specific business challenges in the region.


    HR and its role in innovation

     April 2013

    Overview of our four part research series on innovation and HR's role in helping innovation flourish.


    Innovative forms of organising: networked working

     November 2012

    Focuses on cross-boundary working and its potential for releasing innovation, performance, employee engagement and business value. The research is illustrated through a case study of Marks and Spencer.


    Driving innovation in local government

     April 2013

    Draws on three case study examples to uncover the processes involved in unlocking the potential for innovation in local government, and HR's contribution to creating an innovative culture.

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