Management Centre Europe (MCE)

Leveraging the People Ecosystem: HR’s role with suppliers, distributors, agencies and intermediaries (Live Online)

Par Management Centre Europe (MCE)


After taking this programme, you will be more able to:

  • Appreciate the impact of the total human ecosystem on the results of your business
  • Identify opportunities and risks in the human resource practices across your supply chain,
  • Initiate a programme to harmonise HR practices across your ecosystem
  • Deliver some practical ‘quick wins’ to your business


This 4-session programme is highly interactive. It introduces a practical framework for action which you will learn by applying it to your own organisation.


HR and the human ecosystem

  • Your business is bigger than you think. Scoping the human ecosystem
  • Why HR should get involved with ‘third party’ employees?
  • Challenges and opportunities in eco-system HR

Mapping the human ecosystem – part 1

  • The Human Ecosystem Canvas
  • Case: The Online Retail Company
  • Application: Map your own company’s human ecosystem


Mapping the human ecosystem – part 2

  • Group discussion: Map your own company’s human ecosystem
  • Prioritise where (not) to get involved in the eco-system
  • Starting the ecosystem HR conversation in your company

Assessing the state of your human ecosystem – part 1

  • The Human Ecosystem Scan – how aligned are ecosystem HR policies, mindsets, labour conditions, … aligned to your company’s objectives and values.
  • Case: The COMPANY CASE (based on ecosystem scan above)
  • Application: Trying out the Human Ecosystem Scan with one partner


Assessing the state of your human ecosystem – part 2

  • Group discussion: Trying out the Human Ecosystem Scan with one partner
  • Working with ecosystem partners to co-create a roadmap for alignment
  • Practical challenges and opportunities to consider when getting started

From concept to action – part 1

  • Elements of an Ecosystem HR action plan (from vision to practicality)
  • Introducing your Ecosystem HR plans to internal stakeholders
  • Application: Testing the HR ecosystem waters


From concept to action – part 2

  • Application: Testing the HR ecosystem waters
  • You cannot do it all: identify your first win
  • Getting started: Your personal action plan

Practical quick wins

  • Help your purchasing department select vendor teams with compatible culture/personalities
  • Set up an HR ecosystem platform for knowledge sharing and economies of scale
  • Set up an employee mobility programme across ecosystem partners

To truly tailor your experience and ensure you’ll get maximum value of any new insights, the programme’s content will be reenforced with two self-assessments:

  • Before the first programme session, you’ll identify how your business manages its human ecosystem today.
  • At the end of the programme, you’ll describe (identify) how you would like your company to operate in the future, creating a roadmap for change.

Combined with the contents of the programme, these two measurements give you a first starting point and a roadmap to measurably improve the value contribution of your human ecosystem.


  • For those interested, two optional implementation reviews can be organised to discuss progress and longer-term achievements (which can be part of a third measurement which compares your desired future with your current reality).
  • MCE experts can provide personalised coaching to help you apply the insights and frameworks from the programme in your business.
  • A customised version of the programme can be delivered to inspire your HR teams or help them develop and implement an ecosystem HR programme.
  • In case you want truly in-depth support, our specialists and trusted partners are available to provide hands-on assistance in conducting an HR Ecosystem Scan, setting up an Ecosystem HR programme or capturing some of the quick wins discussed in the programme.