Promises and Challenges of the Talent on Demand Model

Students of scientific endeavors note the constraints on progress that are created by established paradigms.1 Existing frameworks and paradigms create the language that describes the challenges as well as the solutions. Even though few employers still pursue the Organization Man model, for example, it remains for most observers the framework for thinking about talent issues because there has been no alternative. The language of the Organization Man paradigm comes from engineering and is rooted in the idea that we can achieve certainty through planning: workforce “plans” that determine the number of employees needed at a future point, “pipelines” of talent that candidates enter and exit ...

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