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Day Two – Thursday 15 September

2.15pm to 3.45pm

Master Class #3

Robert Orth    

IBM ValuesJam – the implications for HR practitioners

Robert Orth, IBM Australia/New Zealand

In July 2003, IBM Corporation conducted a 72-hour experiment whose outcome was as uncertain as anything going on in its research labs. Six months into a top-to-bottom review of its management organisation, IBM held a 3 day discussion via the corporate intranet about the company’s values. The forum, dubbed ValuesJam, joined thousands of employees in a debate about the very nature of the organisation and what it stood for.

This interactive workshop will take participants through a case study of how the ValuesJam process was conducted and IBM’s key learnings from it. More importantly, Robert will discuss and debate what the role of HR practitioners should be in leading the way for managers and employees to live the espoused values.

In particular, what are the implications for the design and implementation of some of the key HR processes such as performance management, talent management, succession planning, and reward & recognition?

Participants will come away from the workshop with a good appreciation of how you start on the journey of becoming a values-based organisation.

Robert Orth joined IBM Australia in 1982. Prior to joining IBM, he was a serving officer (Flight Lieutenant) in the Royal Australian Air Force.

He is currently the Director of Human Resources, IBM Australia/New Zealand. In this position he is responsible for the Human Resources functions across the business including: learning, professional and management development, leadership development, organisational culture and change, performance management, compensation and benefits, Occupational health and safety, diversity, workforce management, recruiting, employee relations and industrial relations.

He was appointed to this position in March 2002 having previously held the role of Director of Talent for IBM Asia Pacific for 4 years. In his Asia Pacific role, Robert travelled widely across the Region and to Europe and the USA.

Over the past 22 years Robert has held various management positions in IBM; 16 years of these in line management positions in Sales and Marketing. He has also held a number of regional positions in Australia/New Zealand including responsibility for total business process re-engineering across the company, customer service and quality, strategic planning and direct marketing.

Robert has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Diploma of Education, both from the University of Sydney.

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