The role of HR in uncertain times is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by Oracle.
A total of 199 executives participated in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s online survey on human resources in an economic downturn, which was conducted in March 2009. The survey sample was senior: 41% of respondents were C-level executives such as CEOs, CFOs and CIOs, and the balance consisted of senior vice-presidents, heads of business units and other senior managers. A range of industries was represented, including financial services, manufacturing, information technology and professional services. All surveyed executives work with firms having annual revenue of at least US$250m. Twenty-eight per cent of respondents were from Asia-Pacific, Western Europe and North America; the remainder hailed from Latin America, Eastern Europe and Middle East/Africa.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s editorial team conducted the interviews and wrote the report. Elizabeth Bennett was the author of the report and Gilda Stahl was the editor.