History

Formerly the Human Resource Institute (HRI)

Rensis Likert
Rensis Likert, inventor of the Likert scale

While i4cp is a new company, our roots run deep - i4cp's precursor, the Human Resource Institute (HRI), has been serving the industry for over 40 years.

From HR solutions to business productivity

Here's how we've grown to become the world's largest private network of corporations focused on improving business productivity:

  • 1967
    The Human Resource Institute (HRI) was founded in 1967 at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (ISR) by William Pyle, Ph.D., George Odiorne, Ph.D. and Rensis Likert, Ph.D. The Institute worked with companies such as GE, General Motors and IBM to develop what is now known as human resource planning.
  • 1971
    In 1971, HRI conducted the first of its annual conferences, hosted by General Motors.
  • 1971-1973
    The Institute pioneered the development of metrics for measuring the value of human capital and ROI on human capital. This work, named Human Resource Accounting, received wide acclaim.
  • 1979
    HRI moved to the University of Massachusetts along with Dr. Odiorne and Dr. Pyle.
  • 1982
    With funding from several major companies such as IBM and AT&T, HRI launched a five-year Environmental Scanning project. Twenty-six years later, we are still watching and reporting on the major trends and issues that may impact organizations' ability to recruit, retain, train, develop and engage the best and brightest talent.
  • 1986
    The Institute moved from the University of Massachusetts to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • 1993
    HRI expanded its research activities to include strategy reports that address specific HR functions.
  • 2000
    The first TrendWatcher newsletter was sent out on February 4, 2001.
  • 2001
    In September 2001, we became a separate, incorporated research institute.
  • 2004
    HRI acquired the Syndicated Research Group (SRG), which was primarily focused on Human Capital Technology.
  • 2007
    In 2007, i4cp, led by CEO Kevin Oakes, acquired HRI. The purpose was not to change HRI but to build on its past and take it to the next level of business achievement.
  • 2008
    i4cp launched community features, allowing members to interact and share expertise online. Other developments include the launch of the Technology Commons, Talent Management Accelerator and more.
  • 2010
    i4cp restructured its Knowledge Centers and research focus around the five human capital domains of high-performance organizations, based on member feedback.
  • 2011
    i4cp was ranked #916 on the Inc. 5000 list with three-year sales growth of 332%.

Today, i4cp has one of the largest and most experienced research staffs devoted to improving employee productivity in the industry.

We strive to continue HRI's tradition of providing world-class research and insight into today's people management issues, while investing in expanding our products and services.

Learn about the benefits of i4cp, or contact us for more information.