Chief Human Resources Officer Programme

Create value as a strategic people leader

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Course Dates


20 June 2024

Course Duration


12 Months Online
+ In-Person Event at Cambridge

Course Fee


£19,500 £16,500 and get £975 off with a referral £150 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

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Drive people-centric organisational transformation

Accelerated adoption of digital technologies and a shift in how employees interact and work are necessitating transformation of the HR function. Companies need to improve employee experience and leverage human capital as a key driver of organisational performance. This requires progressive Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) who can rethink traditional HR models and shape company culture.

The Chief Human Resources Officer Programme from Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) Executive Education will equip you with thought-provoking perspectives on current HR trends and dynamics and help you build a future-ready people operations and HR strategy.


of CHROs predict significant changes to the HR operating model in the next two to three years.

Source: McKinsey & Co.


of business and HR executives say that leadership readiness will be the biggest internal barrier to achieving future strategies.

Source: Deloitte

Professionally designed for your success

The Chief Human Resources Officer Programme has been designed with the needs of busy executives in mind. The programme offers a flexible learning format, including faculty sessions, guest lectures and case studies, for maximum career and business impact.


Complete the programme and undertake topical electives in select areas of people operations that supplement the core curriculum.


Benefit from the experiences of world-class faculty and influential HR leaders from the Cambridge community to build a lifelong global network.


Draw upon the School’s interdisciplinary academic research and groundbreaking scholarship in psychology and human behaviour to solve real-world problems.

What you will learn in this programme

The Chief Human Resources Officer Programme will enable you to:

  • Apply new frameworks and management techniques to appreciate and address the organisational challenges and opportunities of the 21st century
  • Implement new approaches for leading and inspiring a modern workforce
  • Effectively influence board-level discussions on strategic issues that relate to the people side of the organisation to improve strategic alignment
  • Design strategies to empower your workforce in a continuously changing world
  • Critically act on the societal expectations for your organisation and the social responsibilities of the contemporary CHRO role

    Key programme features

    Core curriculum

    Kick-start your learning with 18 weeks of in-depth core sessions on HR strategy, leadership training and culture building.

    Action plan

    Undertake practical exercises at the end of each module, applying key concepts to create an HR playbook for your organisation.

    Success coach

    Craft your learning journey in line with your career goals with a success coach assigned to your cohort.

    World-class faculty

    Learn from global thought leaders and cutting-edge researchers.

    Peer interaction

    Engage with high-achieving peers from around the globe and grow your network.

    Minimal weekly commitment

    Learn at your own pace with a weekly commitment of three to five hours.

    Practitioner insights

    Glean insights from global industry experts with guest lectures throughout the programme.

    In-person capstone module

    Interact with faculty, peers and global industry leaders during an in-person capstone module and certificate ceremony.

    Programme Completion Benefits

    Earn select Cambridge Judge Business School benefits upon completion of the programme.


    The curriculum comprises a mix of online core and elective modules. The core modules are structured around four pillars of contemporary HR leadership and talent strategy. Following this, you will have the opportunity to explore strategies for an increasingly digital workplace with a choice of electives.

    • Work in the 21st century

      • Reimagining the organisation in the 21st century
      • Work motivation and performance
      • Managing well-being
      • Managing teams: remotely, hybrid and face-to-face

      Aligning strategy and human resources

      • Growth, co-opetition strategies and managing alliances
      • Strategic transformation and the role of HR
      • Strategies for generating innovation responsibly and impactfully
      • Management fads and fashions
      • Looking backwards to go forwards

      Crafting organisational context for trust and creativity

      • Making sense of organisational culture
      • How to manage or change your organisation's culture
      • Building, maintaining and restoring trust
      • The craft of creativity

      The good organisation

      • Effectively managing your stakeholders
      • How to embed ESG principles inside your organisation
      • Doing good and doing it well
      • The responsibilities of the HR leader

      Note: The session topics mentioned are tentative and subject to change.

      • Diversity, equity and inclusion: DEI strategies for business impact
      • People analytics: transforming HR strategy with data science
      • Digital disruption: digital transformation strategies
      • Business analytics: decision-making using data

      Note: The electives mentioned are tentative and subject to change.

    • Meet your cohort peers and faculty in person in Cambridge during a two and a half day an in-person capstone module. This event also provides you with the opportunity to network with peers and professionals from other cohorts and create a lifelong community of global executives.*

      *Participants must attend the face-to-face event to complete the programme and receive the certificate of completion.

    Action plan

    Over the duration of the programme, you will apply key concepts from each module to complete practical exercises that will form the basis for the development of an HR playbook for your organisation. You can take advantage of faculty live sessions, webinars and the Slack channel to ask questions and ideate with your peers and success coach. Upon completion, you will be required to present your action plan to your cohort. The action plan will be a useful asset when proposing new HR initiatives to the board of directors in your organisation.

    Meet the faculty


    Faculty Director for the Chief Human Resources Officer Programme; Professor of Organisational Sociology and Leadership, Cambridge Judge Business School

    Thomas Roulet is a social scientist who researches and teaches how individuals and organisations can lead social change and adapt to a changing workplace. His main research interest focusses on negative social evaluations (stigma, disapproval) and their antecedents (misconducts, scandals) and more recently on wellbeing and mental health in the context of work. He also consults for and advises policymakers and public and private organisations on these issues. Professor Roulet has been teaching executive education programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School since 2018. He has won multiple awards for his teaching, including the 2023 Pilkington Prize, which is awarded to the best teachers at the University of Cambridge. His work appears regularly in outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review and the MIT Sloan Management Review.

    Faculty Member Jochem Kroezen

    Jochem Kroezen

    Faculty Director for the Chief Human Resources Officer Programme; Associate Professor in International Business and Research Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School

    Jochem Kroezen is interested in the bidirectional relationship between organisations. His main research interest focuses on processes of institutional change. Currently, he is examining the revival of craft in organisational society, dynamics of business collective action and mechanisms underlying socio-economic inequality. Professor Kroezen has been teaching executive education programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School since 2014. He has won multiple awards for his teaching as well as recognition for the best international paper. His work has appeared in several publications including Administrative Science Quarterly.

    Note: Faculty list is subject to change.

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    Shahzad Ansari

    Professor of Strategy & Innovation, Professorial Fellow of St Edmund’s College

    Andrzej Moyseowicz

    Guest Lecturer, Innovation Partner at freemavens

    Allègre Hadida

    Associate Professor in Strategy, Fellow of Magdalene College

    Faculty Member Simon Learmount

    Simon Learmount

    Associate Professor in Corporate Governance, Fellow of the Centre for Business Research (CBR), Fellow of Pembroke College

    Christopher Marquis

    Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management

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    Lionel Paolella

    Associate Professor in Strategy & Organisation

    Jennifer Howard Grenville

    Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies, Deputy Editor of Academy of Management Journal


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    Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion in Cambridge by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.

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    Who is it for?

    The Chief Human Resources Officer Programme is ideal for:

    • Senior HR executives in mid-to-large corporations accomplished in overseeing functional operations and aiming to develop strategic capabilities and influencing skills to prepare for leadership transitions to CHRO roles
    • HR or people operations heads tasked with leading the function in a different direction and wanting fresh perspectives on disruption or problem-solving strategies in a modern workplace

    Participants should preferably have:

    • More than 10 years of work experience in HR
    • Accomplished work experience in functional, technical or business roles
    • An agenda for change

    Programme Completion Benefits

    Earn select Cambridge Judge Business School benefits upon completion of the programme including:

    • Access to Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education’s Leader’s Club network
    • Regular newsletter with updates on the latest research, activities and events at the school
    • Discount on future CJBS Executive Education open-enrolment programmes
    • Invitations to worldwide networking events including in-person events and webinars
    • Join the exclusive CJBS Executive Education LinkedIn group

    Application details

    programme fee

    £19,500 £16,500

    The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of £150


    • The Chief Human Resources Officer Programme has been designed with your busy schedule in mind. You will be required to commit not more than three to five hours per week, enabling you to benefit from this transformative program while balancing your work responsibilities. The impactful program offers a blend of self-paced modules and live interaction.

    • The learning journey includes live and asynchronous online sessions with renowned faculty, industry experts and global peers. You can take advantage of weekly live sessions and the Slack channel to ask questions and discuss ideas with your success coach and cohort participants. Real-world examples and a debrief of the program learnings are delivered through a combination of recorded video and live online lectures.

    • The programme fee covers teaching fee, all academic material and access to online coursework. The fee does not include accommodation for the face-to-face event, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fees and more) and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fee.

    • You can pay the full programme fees upfront or pay in easy instalments. If you apply well in advance of the programme start date, you can receive a tuition fee benefit. If you would like to approach your company with a sponsorship request for this programme, here is a customisable template that you can use.

    • Unfortunately, it is not possible to take any more electives than the specified number. The electives are designed to help you gain specialised skills in areas that are aligned with your career, so that you can dedicate focused time for learning and honing those skills.

    • Yes, we provide closed-captioning and transcripts for all pre-recorded videos as well as closed-captioning for recordings of live sessions.

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    Our learning advisers have helped senior executives around the world choose the right programme for their career goals. Schedule a 1:1 to get a deeper understanding on why the Chief Human Resources Officer Programme is the right fit for you.


    Phone: +971 800 0321209 (UAE) / +44 178 664 9936 (UK) / +1 573 527 3654 (USA) / +52 55930 20507 (LATAM)

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