Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2010

Sonoco Products Company (A): Building a World-Class HR Organization (Abridged)

by David A. Thomas and Boris Groysberg

Abstract

Describes the steps the vice-president of human resources takes in revamping an HR function that was noncooperative and, at times, competitive and introducing the company to the notion of HR as a strategic business partner. Explores changes made to the company's compensation, performance management, and succession planning processes.

Keywords: Human Resources; Organizations; Restructuring; Partners and Partnerships; Management Succession; Strategic Planning; Performance;

Citation:

Thomas, David A., and Boris Groysberg. "Sonoco Products Company (A): Building a World-Class HR Organization (Abridged)." Harvard Business School Case 410-082, March 2010.