While i4cp is a new company, our roots run deep - i4cp's precursor, the Human Resource Institute (HRI), has been serving the industry for over 40 years.
From HR solutions to business productivity
Here's how we've grown to become the world's largest private network of corporations focused on improving business productivity:
The Human Resource Institute (HRI) was founded in 1967 at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (ISR) by William Pyle, Ph.D., George Odiorne, Ph.D. and Rensis Likert, Ph.D. The Institute worked with companies such as GE, General Motors and IBM to develop what is now known as human resource planning.
In 1971, HRI conducted the first of its annual conferences, hosted by General Motors.
The Institute pioneered the development of metrics for measuring the value of human capital and ROI on human capital. This work, named Human Resource Accounting, received wide acclaim.
HRI moved to the University of Massachusetts along with Dr. Odiorne and Dr. Pyle.
With funding from several major companies such as IBM and AT&T, HRI launched a five-year Environmental Scanning project. Twenty-six years later, we are still watching and reporting on the major trends and issues that may impact organizations' ability to recruit, retain, train, develop and engage the best and brightest talent.
The Institute moved from the University of Massachusetts to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
HRI expanded its research activities to include strategy reports that address specific HR functions.
The first TrendWatcher newsletter was sent out on February 4, 2001.
In September 2001, we became a separate, incorporated research institute.
HRI acquired the Syndicated Research Group (SRG), which was primarily focused on Human Capital Technology.
In 2007, i4cp, led by CEO Kevin Oakes, acquired HRI. The purpose was not to change HRI but to build on its past and take it to the next level of business achievement.
i4cp launched community features, allowing members to interact and share expertise online. Other developments include the launch of the Technology Commons, Talent Management Accelerator and more.
i4cp restructured its Knowledge Centers and research focus around the five human capital domains of high-performance organizations, based on member feedback.
Today, i4cp has one of the largest and most experienced research staffs devoted to improving employee productivity in the industry, 13 Executives-in-Residence (practitioners who have had distinguished careers, often in our member companies) and a number of other employees with specific expertise.
We strive to continue HRI's tradition of providing world-class research and insight into today's people management issues, while investing in expanding our products and services.