What does it take to reach the top in HR? What knowledge and abilities are necessary for successful HR professionals? For nearly 30 years, the Human Resource competency study has addressed this question. The RBL Group and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan along with multiple research partners have collaborated once again to fund and coordinate a global Human Resources competency study, the largest global study on HR competencies. The results of 2016 HR Competency Model: Round 7 of the study will help to continue to shape the future of HR and further define the contributions that make HR a business success, particularly by studying HR competencies aligned with intangible business matters. Mike Ulrich, one of the co-directors of the study, is a statistician at The RBL Group and Assistant Professor of Management at Utah State University. He is the son of Dave Ulrich who is one of, if not the most globally recognized authorities and strategic thought leaders on Human Resources.