HR: The Business Partner

2nd Edition

Authors: Barbara Kenton Jane Yarnall
Paperback ISBN: 9781856178471
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th November 2009
Page Count: 302


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With HR professionals increasingly expected to be “business partners”, are you prepared with the skills and tools to make a positive difference to your organization?

As the recognised definitive guide to the topic, HR: The Business Partner, second edition, offers practical insights to take you through the challenging process of business partnering, including:

No-nonsense description of what business partnering entails, with case studies to illustrate real-life practice
Detailed coverage of the common challenges and advice on how to overcome them
Guidance on how to develop the skills and confidence required to work effectively

Covering the transition from working operationally to working strategically and the tools, techniques and skill sets needed for partnering, this inexpensive guide will help to both add real value to your business and to develop your career in business partnering. If you are aspiring to or about to embark on a business partner role, this book will provide you with ideas and inspiration for the position.


Key Features

  • The definitive guide to HR business partnering, written by recognised experts in the field
    Takes you through the essential theory and practical application to help you develop a range of skills for building internal and external client relationships
    Updated throughout with additional case studies included to illustrate fully the tools and techniques of business partnering in practice


Primary: Human resource (HR) practitioners; Organization design (OD) practitioners; Senior managers; HR consultants; Members of the CIPD and SHRM.
Secondary: MBA/Postgraduate modules on human resource management.

Table of Contents

Structuring the partnership function
Developing credibility and client relationships
Developing the key skills
The importance of contracting
Where do business partners add most value?
Sustaining the relationship
Evaluating the success of partnership projects
Case studies


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About the Author

Barbara Kenton

Barbara Kenton, FCIPD, MSc is a Freelance HR Consultant and Director of WHooSH, Whole Systems Health. She is an experienced consultant, mediator, facilitator, coach and trainer with over 25 years' experience as a manager and development specialist working with individuals, teams and organisations in the UK and internationally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Freelance HR Consultant and Director of WHooSH, Whole Systems Health, UK

Jane Yarnall

Jane Yarnell is Director of Skills Evolution Ltd and has over 20 years' experience in human resources, both within corporations and as an independent consultant. Her doctoral research focused on careers within organizations and since then she has researched various aspects of careers and HR, including international leadership, leadership development and HR business partnering.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Skills Evolution Ltd, UK


“The original book has proved to be very valuable for my HR business partner clients, both in discussing the guiding concepts and ideas and in providing practical methods and tools to make the theory work in daily practice. It’s the hands-on approach that makes it a book that practitioners actually read and reread”
Wilfred Verweij MSc, Senior Learning Consultant/Lecturer, Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University, The Netherlands

“As the BP role has evolved, this pragmatic and insightful approach captures the essence of the changes in the function and offers guidance on embedding it into the organisation to produce fully effective HR partners.”
Gill Whensley, Chartered FCIPD and HR Director, Spofforths LLP

“Business Partnering is both a mindset and a skill set – especially the ability to build and maintain effective value-adding business relationships. In a very real sense the authors are helping to move the field of Business Partnering forward by describing not just the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of Business Partnering but also the ‘how’.”
Linda Holbeche, HR Professional and former Director of Research and Policy, CIPD, UK