Posted on March 21, 2018

HEC Paris in Qatar, one of the world’s leading providers of Executive Education, has successfully completed a session of its prominent HR Knowledge Lab, which addressed the current trends in performance management and examined how the digital transformation is impacting human resources management and processes.

The special session was held on March 20th at HEC Paris’ Doha campus, in Tornado Tower, and was conducted by HEC Paris Affiliate Professor, Philippe Gaud, a world-renowned expert in Human Resources Management. Professor Gaud has more than 25 years’ experience in senior HR positions with large multinational corporations including Apple, and more than 10 years’ of teaching experience, educating top-level executives on up-to-date HR trends. Professor Gaud explained: “Digital technologies are disrupting the corporate world, particularly the human resources aspect. With the increasing prevalence and amount of data, it raises the issue of the subjective nature of many HR practices. So, what is the best way to move forward and how do we manage that change?”

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During the HR Knowledge Lab opening session, Professor Gaud explored the latest trends in performance management and how companies embrace them. One current growing trend discussed was the move away from traditional performance management appraisal processes. This interactive session encouraged participants to share their knowledge and experience. The second session analyzed the adoption of new technologies in business and how they have an impact on current HR practices, specifically the use of big data in predicting staff performance. The session also assessed the opportunity and limits of this emerging discipline.

Around 40 senior HR specialists, managers and directors from local and international companies such as Qatar National Broad Network (QNBN), Ali Bin Ali, Commercial Bank, Sidra Medicine and Siemens attended the HR Knowledge Lab. Recognizing the importance of the HR function as a strategic partner in any organization, HEC Paris recently introduced an HR track in its Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management.