Technical Succession Planning for Knowledge Workers: Recruiting, Training, Retaining Knowledge Workers and Transferring their Technical Knowledge
William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPLP Fellow is a Professor in the Workforce Education and Development program, Department of Learning and Performance Systems, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus. He is also President of his own consulting firms—Rothwell & Associates, Inc. and Rothwell & Associates, LLC. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 300 books, book chapters, and articles—including 111 books. Before arriving at Penn State in 1993, he had nearly 20 years of work experience as a Training Director in government and in business. As a consultant, he has worked with over 50 multinational corporations--including Motorola, General Motors, Ford, and many others. In 1997 he and his wife founded a small business—a personal care home for the elderly that employed 27 workers and served as the residence for 54 people. That company was sold in 2017.
Most of the time, when we think of succession planning we think of preparing people for more responsibility and for vertical promotions up the organization chart. But succession planning can also be focused on the unique issues associated with such knowledge workers as engineers, research scientists, mortgage bankers, actuaries, IT professionals, and others who are hired for what they know rather than who they know or how they can manage others. It is possible to give knowledge workers promotions horizontally on the organization chart based on them acquiring more knowledge or deeper knowledge. This webinar describes a robust approach to managing the unique talent management issues associated with knowledge workers and transferring their important, proprietary knowledge.
- Part 1: Introduction
- Part 2: Description of general succession planning and talent management
- Part 3: Defining terms and explaining the business need
- Part 4: Reviewing a model to guide technical succession planning and technical talent management
- Part 5: Summary and final questions and answers
Course Level - Intermediate
Who Should Attend
- Managers of technical employees such as engineers and IT professionals
- HR Vice Presidents
- HR managers
- Training directors
- Talent managers