Vienna Institute

The Vienna Institute is a learning environment that fosters practical, actionable knowledge acquisition at a strategic level for HR practitioners.

Distinctive in programming and delivery methods, the Vienna Institute focuses on strategic material that practitioners can apply immediately to their organizations to have a near-term impact on business performance.

Grounded in sound theory, and buttressed by solid research and case studies, the material in the Vienna Institute programs focus on both knowledge acquisition and, most importantly, practical application. Through an effective balance of instruction, hands-on exercises, and extensive interaction with faculty and fellow program participants, Vienna Institute programs give participants material that they can immediately apply in their organizations. The program faculty is a combination of university faculty members, current highly accomplished HR practitioners and experienced HR consultants – all recognized experts in their topic.

Unlike webinars and programs sponsored by national seminar companies, Vienna Institute’s distinctive value-proposition is grounded in actionable, practical content. Webinars are simply too short in duration to provide meaningful actionable content, while national seminars are a line-up of speakers lacking effective exercises and workshops, and expensive to attend. Conversely, Vienna Institute programs are two days in duration that allow sufficient time to cover the material adequately while providing enough time for several exercises and interactive workshops. The exercises and workshops are where the so-called rubber meets the road.

Vienna Institute programs can be delivered to an audience of participants from multiple companies or to a group of participants from an individual company.


Human Capital Analytics: Raising the Bar on HR Analytics Adoption AND Execution

This program is designed for HR practitioners seeking to maximize the utility and effectiveness of human capital analytics in their organization. This program will answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever tried to figure out the return of your human capital investment – and found it to be a daunting task?
  • Have you ever wished you had an approach that could credibly measure, in financial terms, the bottom line impact of your human capital strategy – across business units and over time?
  • Have you ever wanted an easily understood reporting method that shows how the human capital investment is performing – to use with your CEO, CFO or your Board?
  • Have you ever needed to make a convincing business case for HR investments, but lacked the hard numbers to convince the CEO?

This program will show how to use HR and financial data, and state-of-the-art evidence-based decision making around human capital investments that drive shareholder value. The methods and case studies presented will focus on making an effective business case for the human capital strategies necessary to drive enterprise value, and how to demonstrate a direct linkage between HR strategy and impact on shareholder value.

This program is unlike any other HR metrics program. This program will show how to measure, in hard financial terms, the ROI and Productivity of the financial resources companies spend on human capital to give the CEO and board the information they hunger for. The program will also provide a comprehensive, cohesive and cascading method to convert the financial performance into human capital strategy actions to continuously improve business performance. In short, it will show how to make the convincing “business case” for HR strategy investments.

Combining instruction, numerous exercises and case studies, this program will give participants compelling knowledge and practical tools that will increase their influence in the C-suite and boardroom.

The faculty for this program is David Bush and Frank DiBernardino. David is the Founding Director, Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development at Villanova University. Frank is the Managing Principal and founder of Vienna Human Capital Advisors.