Prof Richard Arvey Addresses HR Leaders in Singapore on â____Risky Business with Risky People

Singapore, 30 April 2009 – As part of NUS Business School’s outreach to the human resources community, the Office of Executive Education arranged for Professor Richard Arvey, Head of the Management and Organisation Department, to speak at the HR Congress 2009 event held in Singapore on 14 and 15 April 2009.

Professor Arvey, an active industrial and organisational psychologist who has conducted extensive research in various areas of the human resource function, spoke to delegates at the HR Congress on the various risks, the people decisions, and the associated problems that CEOs and human resource leaders and professionals regularly encounter in their organizations. Particularly during the current economic crisis, human resource professionals are faced with increased uncertainty and human capital management challenges within their organizations.

Professor Arvey touched on managing risk and allocating resources in four major areas of the human resources function, namely recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management and the hiring of expatriate employees. Participants also benefitted from a discussion on HRM models for achieving better outcomes against the risks undertaken when making decisions in these four areas. Professor Arvey ended the keynote session on a positive note with his views that despite the gloom and doom of the current economic crisis, risks are inevitable and may actually place human resource professionals in a good position to reshape, refine and manage talent in Singapore if they are able to handle the risks and challenging situations well.

Professor Arvey was also part of the HR Congress’ Closing Panel discussion, sharing and discussing views on the topic of ‘The Future Mandates for Human Capital Management’ with the delegates.

In addition, the Office of Executive Education’s booth at the Business-Connect Exposition, held in conjunction with the HR Congress, was well patronised by human resource professionals and leaders who were keen to find out more about executive training in Singapore and NUS Business School’s Executive Education programs.

The HR Congress is organized annually by the Singapore Human Resources Institute for human resource leaders and professionals.

About Professor Richard Arvey
Prof Richard D. Arvey is the Head of the Department of Management and Organization at NUS Business School and has been active as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist for over 30 years. He teaches classes in Staffing, Training and Development and Organizational Behavior.

Prof Arvey has also been involved in executive training programs and corporate consulting for organisations such as NASA management at the Johnson Space Center and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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