Five Years of Strategic Workforce Planning Research: What Have We Learned?
Mary B. Young
The laborious process of collecting, organizing, and analyzing research findings to conduct a meta-analysis is only worthwhile if it serves two purposes: The first is to capture what we can (and can’t) learn from previous studies in order to improve actual practices and determine the practical implications. The second is to identify what future research can do—or do better. This report synthesizes what we learn by carefully reviewing five years of research on strategic workforce planning (SWP): what it is, who is doing it, obstacles, and outcomes. While many companies aspire to do SWP, most that have taken the next step, implementing it, still have a long way to go, according to the surveys.