Lost Knowledge

Lost Knowledge : Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce

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Executives today recognize that their firms face a wave of retirements over the next decade as the baby boomers hit retirement age. At the other end of the talent pipeline, the younger workforce is developing a different set of values and expectations, which creates new recruiting and employee retention issues. The evolution from an older, traditional, highly-experienced workforce to a younger, more mobile, employee base poses significant challenges, particularly when considered in the context of the long-term orientation towards downsizing and cost cutting. This is a solution-oriented book to address one of the most pressing management problems of the coming years: How do organizations transfer the critical expertise and experience of their employees before that knowledge walks out the door? It begins by outlining the broad issues and providing tools for developing a knowledge-retention strategy and function. It then goes on to outline best practices for retaining knowledge, including knowledge transfer practices, using technology to enable knowledge retention, retaining older workers and retirees, and outsourcing lost capabilities.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous figures
  • 0195170970
  • 9780195170979
  • 1,179,870

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... the book is thought provoking and acknowledges the readers expectation of fact-based strategies to create solutions... Lost Knowledge is readable and is written in a reflective style with a scholarly tone. * People Management d * Raises the intriguing question: Are companies ready to deal with the loss of intellectual capital that comes from workers' retirement? * The New York Times *show more

About David W. DeLong

David W. DeLong is a research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AgeLab and an adjunct professor at Babson College where he teaches a course on "Leading Change." He has consulted and lectured in many countries and is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in leading journals and magazines.show more

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