Last week Brandon Hall Group published 21 pieces of research –  2 new proprietary research reports, 4 technology case studies, 2 research-based webinars, 3 solution provider profiles, 7 responses to member inquiries, and 3 research-based blogs.

Human Capital Management Research

In this blog, we will make public some of these reports (click on the links) as a way for non-members to familiarize themselves with our research:

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Here is an overview of research released the week of July 27-Aug. 2.

Major Research Reports

KnowledgeGraphic: Powering Talent Management with Technology

This KnowledgeGraphic, based on 2015 data from Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Technology Trends Study, illustrates how talent management technology is used, opportunities for more automation, key selection criteria, lessons learned, and the funding of TM technology.


Coaching Culture and Digital Coaching

This PowerPoint presentation provided by Chief Strategy Officer Michael Rochelle and Laci Loew, VP and Principal Analyst/Talent Management Practice, provides insight on coaching cultures and digital coaching.


Redesigning Leadership Development to Make a Business Impact

Brandon Hall Group research shows that 36% of organizations say their leadership and leadership development practices are still below average or poor. Analysts Laci Loew and Ben Eubanks shared the practices of those organizations for which leadership development makes a measurable business impact.

Delivering Learning Across an Extended Enterprise: A Case Study

Principal Learning Analyst David Wentworth talked with Valvoline Instant Oil Change Talent Manager Jamie Hinley about VIOC’s journey to a unified LMS solution for their extended enterprise.

Technology Reviews from Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology

Sears Holdings

This awards technology review focuses on the Moodometer tool developed by Sears. The company is a $30 billion retail organization with operations worldwide. This technology tool earned Sears a Silver Award for Best Advance in Assessments and Survey Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.


This awards technology review focuses on the workforce support tools from Turkish telecommunications firm Turkcell, which earned a Bronze Award for Best Advance in Unique HR or Workforce Management Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.

Harrison Assessments

This awards technology review highlights the succession tools available from Harrison Assessments, a Silver Award winner for Best Advance in Succession Management Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards Program.


This awards technology review focuses on the recruiting technology from Jobvite, winner of a Gold Award for Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.

Solution Provider Profiles


This solution provider profile features SmartRecruiters, whose Hiring Success Platform is a complete recruiting OS that aims to enable organizations to run recruiting like a high-performing marketing and sales function.


This solution provider profile features CloudMills, an HR systems integrator that uses its data integration platform to make separate applications and processes immediately accessible to each other.

Solution Provider Profile: DDI

This solution provider profile features Development Dimensions International, which helps companies around the world to build capabilities that prepare leaders to meet current and future business challenges.

Questions from Members

One great benefit of Brandon Hall Group members is the ability to ask questions of our HCM analyst team and get quick answers, usually within 24 hours. The questions answered this week included:

  • Which companies/vendors are offering leadership training using eLearning modules?
  • What is your view of the key role of Talent Management?
  • How much time do high-performing companies put into training front-line managers?
  • Do we know the breakdown of the trainer population for high-performing companies?
  • Do you have any recommendations for how to conduct needs analysis meetings with the stakeholders regarding their current tech solution and their desired state?
  • Is there any research regarding customer support provided by HCM providers after implementation?
  • We are in the process of revitalizing our corporate university to create a global approach to learning. Centralized vs. decentralized global learning strategy – what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Research-based Blogs

HR Re-invented: More than Just a Facelift

In this blog post, Laci Loew takes on the challenge of encouraging HR professionals to be business professionals first and foremost. In addition, she offers several pieces of actionable advice for how to accomplish the goal of making this group more strategic and aligned with core business needs.

Employee Engagement’s Link to Innovation

In this blog post,   Ben Eubanks discusses the concept of recognizing employees by recognizing the value of their ideas.

Go Team Go!

Building teams, high-performing teams, coaching teams – there’s a lot of talk about teams today. In her blog, Mollie Lombardi talks about how to make team-building a priority.

Mike Cooke

Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company's growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company's global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike's tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.