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A Survey of Manpower Planning Models and Their Application


Since the late 1950s, much work has been done on developing models of manpower systems which may be used for the purposes of planning. Many organizations have made successful use of such models, but in spite of these successes, manpower planning models are only gradually coming into widespread use. The aim of this paper is to review the models which have been developed, concentrating on their assumptions and applications rather than on mathematical or statistical details. A common theme of successful applications is that good presentation of results and ease of use are more important to users than theoretical sophistication.

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Edwards, J. A Survey of Manpower Planning Models and Their Application. J Oper Res Soc 34, 1031–1040 (1983).

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