2013 NAHR Ram Charan Human Resources Essay Contest

Ram Charan-HR-Essay-Contest

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2013

The National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) announces the 2013 NAHR Ram Charan HR Essay Contest.  NAHR is requesting essays from university undergrads and graduate students globally majoring in Human Resources, Industrial/Labor Relations or related fields for the following topic:

How are electronic technology and social media affecting:

  • The employment relationship (from hiring to engagement to retention) between employers and employees?
  • The roles, responsibilities and contributions of human resources organizations?

Essays will be evaluated and judged by a panel of distinguished HR professionals – Fellows of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR). The NAHR is an honorific organization which recognizes individuals and institutions of distinction in Human Resources for exceptional professional achievement.

Essay contest winners will be announced at the NAHR annual installation of new Fellows on November 7, 2013 in New York City. Contest winners’ expenses will be paid to attend the ceremony.

The award is named for Dr. Ram Charan, a Distinguished Fellow of the NAHR and a world renowned author, speaker and business advisor. For over 35 years Dr. Charan has consulted with some of the world’s most successful leaders and companies.

Cash Prizes of $20,000…..$10,000…..$5,000 (U.S.)
Awarded for the best three essays

Essay Evaluation Criteria:

  • Addresses the topic
  • Provides original thoughts
  • Adds value
  • Readable and persuasive
  • Bonus for academic or research references



Minimum 5 pages, maximum 20 pages (Number of pages refers to essay, not reference material. those pages should be numbered). Double spaced, 12 point font

Cover sheet to include:

  • Name
  • School
  • Degree area
  • Anticipated graduation date
  • Contact information
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • APA format accepted (but not required)

Submit by email (PDF format) to: [email protected]
Richard Antoine
President, National Academy of Human Resources

Additional Information:

Students must be enrolled in an HR, Industrial/Labor Relations or related field degree concentration at the time of the contest deadline (August 1, 2013) — or graduated in May or June 2013.
The contest is open to undergrad and grad students worldwide majoring in a Human Resources related field. If the major is not Human Resources related, the essay will not be considered.
Maximum of 5 authors per essay; must split award.
Entrants may submit more than 1 paper.
Essays can be submitted directly by students with or without a faculty sponsor/adviser. In the latter case, the faculty sponsor/adviser will provide a brief statement (less than 100 words) about why he/she is serving in this capacity, and will attest to a statement included as part of the Contest stating:

« I have played no role in writing this essay and will not share in the financial award should this student’s essay win such an award. »

Cash prizes of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 U.S. will be awarded for the three best essays.
For full contest details, please visit our website www.nationalacademyhr.org and
The deadline for submission is August 1, 2013.


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