Building Workforce Strength: Creating Value through Workforce and Career Development

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This book explores the perspectives of experienced practitioners, sharing ideas about building and sustaining organizational strength through workforce development practices and systems.


· Contributions from 16 experienced practitioners of workforce and career development

· Multiple examples of practical applications of workforce and career development initiatives from major industry sectors, such as healthcare and high technology

· Two lengthy case studies, including one on Kaiser Permanente

· 19 quantitative and qualitative figures

· An extensive reference list from the workforce and career development fields

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As the saying goes, a company's greatest resource is its people. When managers really believe that and work to develop organizational capabilities, productivity, sales, and profits can rise dramatically.

About the Author:

RON ELSDON, PhD, is a founder of organizations that specialize in career and workforce development for organizations and individuals. He has also been active in speaking, writing about and promoting a range of social causes. Ron has more than twenty-five years of leadership experience at diverse organizations in a broad range of sectors, and has been an adjunct faculty member at, or affiliated with, several universities. He has authored numerous publications and has spoken regularly at national and regional events. With his co-author, Ron was awarded the Walker Prize by the Human Resource Planning Society for the paper that best advances state-of-the-art thinking or practices in human resources. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Cambridge University, a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University, and a first class honors degree in chemical engineering from Leeds University.

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