I am very interested in the impact of my research on management practice. My research on strategic HR (with Mark Huselid) has generated a great deal of interest among senior HR and line managers, but it wasn't always clear how to translate those results into management practice. In recent years we have focused on extending the implications of our academic research to the world of the practicing manager. That work, which is summarized in The HR Scorecard, initially focused on how to design a strategically focused HR architecture and how to measure the contribution of HR to firm performance. In The Workforce Scorecard, we introduce the notion of a differentiated workforce strategy and the important role of line managers in that strategy. The Differentiated Workforce provides a much more extensive business case for a differentiated workforce strategy with considerable emphasis on the execution of such a strategy.

Selected Publications

Brian E. Becker, Mark A. Huselid, and Richard W. Beatty. The Differentiated Workforce: Translating Talent into Strategic Impact. (Harvard Business School Press), 2009.




Mark Huselid, Richard W. Beatty and Brian E. Becker, " A Players or A Positions? The Strategic Logic of Workforce Management", Harvard Business Review, December 2005, pp. 110-117.

The HR Scorecard Huselid, M.A., Becker, B.E., & Beatty, D. The Workforce Scorecard: Managing Human Capital to Execute Strategy. (Harvard Business School Press), 2005.


Mark Huselid and Brian E. Becker, “Improving HR’s Analytical Literacy: Lessons from Moneyball”, The Future of Human Resource Management: 64 Thought Leaders Explore the Critical HR Issues of Today and Tomorrow, edited by Mike Losey, Sue Meisenger, and Dave Ulrich, New York: Wiley and Sons, 2005.

Brian E. Becker and Mark Huselid, "Measuring HR? Benchmarking is NOT the Answer", HR Magazine, December 2003.

Brian E. Becker, Mark A. Huselid and Dave Ulrich, "Six Key Principles for Measuring Human Capital Performance in Your Organization" May 2002.

The HR Scorecard Brian E. Becker, Mark A. Huselid and Dave Ulrich, The HR Scorecard: Linking People, Strategy and Performance (Harvard Business School Press), March 2001. Translated into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Mark Huselid and Brian Becker, “Human Resources Strategy and Its Impact on Corporate Financial Performance,” The Executive Handbook on Compensation, edited by Charles Fay (New York:Free Press), pp. 86-95, 2001.

Brian E. Becker and Mark Huselid (1999), "Overview: Strategic Human Resources Management in Five Leading Firms", Human Resources Management Journal, Vol. 38.,4, pp. 287-301..

Brian Becker, Mark Huselid, Peter Pickus and Mike Spratt. 1997. "HR as a Source of Shareholder Value: Research and Recommendations", Human Resources Management Journal, Vol. 36.,1, pp. 39-47.