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The Fourth Annual Navy Workforce Research and Analysis Conference: Laying the Foundation for the Navy's Human Resource Strategy

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As the Chief of Naval Operations CNO announced in his keynote address to the researchers, Servicemembers, policy-makers, and members of the press assembled for the Fourth Annual Navy Workforce Research and Analysis Conference, he hopes to make development of a new Navy human resource strategy the CNO project for the coming year.1 Developing a human resource strategy a coherent set of management tactics, policies, and practices is a challenge facing many organizations in today s competitive environment. Even President Bush previously has identified human capital management as an area in need of extensive, government-wide reform 2. But developing such a strategy requires a clear and comprehensive understanding of the key factors that will serve as its foundation. A recent book, Play to Your Strengths, describes the six factors on which a human resource strategy must be built 3 1. People 2. Work Processes 3. Managerial Structure 4. Information and Knowledge 5. Decision-Making 6. Rewards. These factors encompass most of the work that the manpower research community performs today. This year s conference, held March 29 and 30, 2004, brought together Navy leadership and the research community to discuss how today s research and development efforts can support leadership s evolving manpower, personnel, and training vision which includes the development of a new human resource strategy. As the CNO noted, the conference s purpose is to be the kind of event where the brutal facts bubble to the surface, and we have a very stimulating discussion that will lead us to future solutions . In this document, we relate the manpower, personnel, and training research that members of the research community presented at the conference to the framework for building a human resource strategy outlined in Play to Your Strengths.2 Each major section that follows focuses on one of the six key factors that underpin development of a human resource strategy.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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