National Academy of Human Resources (HR) Ram Charan HR Essay Contest 2012

National Academy of Human Resources (HR) Ram Charan HR Essay Contest 2012

The National Academy of Human Resources, founded in nineteen ninety two, is the organization where individuals of distinction in hr are recognized for exceptional professional achievement by election as "Fellows of the NAHR". The National Academy of Human Resources also occasionally recognizes hr related groups as "Honored Institutions/ Organizations". In addition, the NAHR furthers the Human Resources profession through the Chief HR Officer (CHRO) Academy and other philanthropic and educational activities.

National Academy of Human Resources (HR) Ram Charan HR Essay Contest 2012

Essays are requested from university undergrads and graduate students globally majoring in Human Resources, Industrial/Labor Relations or related fields for the following topic:

How can organizations recapture the hearts and minds of employees to gain the highest commitment and performance given the restructuring focus of the past several years?

Essays will be evaluated and judged by a panel of distinguished HR professionals – Fellows of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR). The NAHR is an honorific organization which recognizes individuals and institutions of distinction in Human Resources for exceptional professional achievement.

Essay contest winners will be announced at the NAHR annual installation of new Fellows on November 1, 2012 in New York City. Contest winners expenses will be paid to attend the ceremony. The award is named for Dr. Ram Charan, a Distinguished Fellow of the NAHR and a world renowned author, speaker and business advisor. For over 35 years Dr. Charan has consulted with some of the world’s most successful leaders and companies.


Cash Prizes of $20,000.....$10,000.....$5,000 (U.S. Dollar)
Awarded for the best three essays

Essay evaluation criteria:

Addresses the topic
Provides original thoughts
Adds value
Readable and persuasive
Bonus for academic or research references


Minimum 5 pages, maximum 20 pages (Number of pages refers to essay, not reference material. those pages should be numbered). Double spaced, 12 point font

Cover sheet to include:
Name, School and Degree area

Contact information:

Phone number, Mailing address and Email address
APA format accepted (but not required)

How to apply

Submit by email (PDF format) to:


Richard Antoine
President, National Academy of HR

Deadline for Submission has been extended to August 1, 2012 (original due date June 15, 2012)

Additional Information:

Students must be enrolled in an Human Resources, Industrial/Labor Relations or related field degree concentration at the time of the contest deadline (August 1, 2012) -- or graduated in May or June 2012.
The contest is open to undergrad and grad students worldwide.
Maximum of five authors per essay; must split award.
Entrants may submit more than 1 paper.
Essays can be submitted directly by students with or without a faculty sponsor/adviser. In the latter case, the faculty sponsor/adviser will provide a brief statement (less than hundred words) about why he/she is serving in this capacity, and will attest to a statement included as part of the Contest stating: "I have played no role in writing this essay and will not share in the financial award should this student's essay win such an award."

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