Dave Ulrich recommends books for HR professionals from these thought leader authors

Dave Ulrich / Posted On: 11 May 2021 / Updated On: 2 December 2022 / International Thought Leaders / 3,307

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Dave Ulrich recommends books for HR professionals from these thought leader authors

Making knowledge productive remains a challenge and opportunity for businesses and HR leaders. Dave Ulrich, along with his colleagues, has spent decades (with over 30 books) figuring out how to create value for all stakeholders through human capabilities (talent, leadership, organization, and HR). In doing this work, he learns from many thoughtful authors whom he follows. A follow-able author is someone who does thoughtful, forward-looking, research-based, and relevant work.  Ideally, the author has a track record of evolving ideas that morph as the author continues to learn. This means more than one story, experience, or book, but a stream of innovative ideas. 

The following is a list of authors that are followed and recommended by Dave Ulrich listed alphabetically by the last name. For each author there are some of the author's top-selling books you can read for personal development:




Recommended books

Mike Beer

Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value

Fit to Compete: Why Honest Conversations About Your Company's Capabilities Are the Key to a Winning Strategy

High Commitment High Performance: How to Build A Resilient Organization for Sustained Advantage

John Boudreau

Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Work

Transformative HR: How Great Companies Use Evidence-Based Change for Sustainable Advantage

Beyond HR: The New Science of Human Capital

Retooling HR: Using Proven Business Tools to Make Better Decisions About Talent

Achieving Excellence in Human Resources Management: An Assessment of Human Resource Functions

Wayne Brockbank

HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources

Victory Through Organization: Why the War for Talent is Failing Your Company and What You Can Do About It

HR Competencies: Mastery at the Intersection of People and Business

HR Transformation: Building Human Resources From the Outside In

The HR Value Proposition

Peter Capelli

Managing the Older Worker: How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order

The India Way: How India's Top Business Leaders Are Revolutionizing Management

Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty

The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce

Ram Charan

The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Book 391)

What the CEO Wants You To Know, Expanded and Updated: How Your Company Really Works

The Amazon Management System: The Ultimate Digital Business Engine That Creates Extraordinary Value for Both Customers and Shareholders

The High-Potential Leader: How to Grow Fast, Take on New Responsibilities, and Make an Impact

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers

Marshall Goldsmith

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Lessons from Leaders Volume 1: Practical Lessons for a Lifetime of Leadership

Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It

Lynda Gratton

The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World

Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces, and Organizations Buzz with Energy - And Others Don't

Glow: How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation, and Success

The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World's Toughest Problems

Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose

Gary Hamel (and CK Prahalad)

Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

The Future of Management

Competing for the Future

Strategic Intent (Harvard Business Review Classics)

What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation

Mark Huselid and Dick Beatty

The HR Scorecard: Linking People, Strategy, and Performance

 The Workforce Scorecard: Managing Human Capital To Execute Strategy

Ed Lawler

Reinventing Talent Management: Principles and Practices for the New World of Work

Treat People Right!: How Organizations and Individuals Can Propel Each Other into a Virtuous Spiral of Success

Assessing Organization Agility: Creating Diagnostic Profiles to Guide Transformation (J-B Short Format Series)

Built to Change: How to Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness

Talent: Making People Your Competitive Advantage

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Power: Why Some People Have It - and Others Don't

Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance—and What We Can Do About It

Managing With Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action

Norm Smallwood

Results-Based Leadership

The Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead

Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Experts

Leadership Brand: Developing Customer-Focused Leaders to Drive Performance and Build Lasting Value

Leadership Sustainability: Seven Disciplines to Achieve The Changes Great Leaders Know They Must Make

Wendy Ulrich (Dave Ulrich’s wife)

Let God Love You:  Why We Don't; How We Can

Weakness Is Not Sin: The Liberating Distinction That Awakens Our Strengths

Forgiving Ourselves

Habits of Happiness

The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That, Win

Pat Wright

Human Resource Management

The Chief HR Officer: Defining the New Role of Human Resource Leaders

Strategic Human Resource Management: A Research Overview

Arthur Yeung

Reinventing the Organization: How Companies Can Deliver Greater Value in Rapidly Changing Markets

Organization Learning Capability:  Generating and Generalizing Ideas with Impact

The Globalization of Chinese Companies:  Strategies for Conquering International Markets


Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and a partner at The RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value.

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