Re-Evaluating Company Manpower Planning in the Light of Some Practical Experiences

  • R. J. Casson
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


Much has been written about the concepts and practices of company manpower planning. The picture that emerges is of an all-embracing policy-making activity producing, on a rolling basis, precise future plans using technically sophisticated and highly integrated planning systems. This paper argues, through the presentation of a case study example, that this ‘conventional wisdom’ fails to reflect the practical reality. Drawing on the experiences of a number of organisations, the paper goes on to re-evaluate the role, nature and contribution of this activity for it to be an effective and credible management tool.


Conventional Wisdom Real Earning Manpower Planning Manpower System Established Notion 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Casson
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Manpower StudiesBrightonUK

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