ERIC Number: ED227888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Utilizing Research and Development Products in Strategic Planning and Human Resource Development in the Computer Literate, High Technology, Information Society.
Groff, Warren H.
Stressing the importance of the relationship of vocational and technical education to the economy, this paper discusses how existing educational research and development (R&D) resources can assist in preparing for the computer literate, high technology, information society. After emphasizing the magnitude of the education and training industry, the paper explains that in the 1970's, educational institutions began adopting the concept of strategic planning to meet changing external demands. The next section examines the current transformation from a material-producing to an information-producing society, citing the impact of computerization on business and post-secondary education. Next, the components of the R&D dissemination network useful to occupational education is examined. A model is then presented for utilizing R&D products in strategic planning and human resource development (HRD). Important elements of strategic planning are identified as assessing opportunities and threats in the external environment, auditing the strengths and weaknesses of the organization's internal environment, and matching strengths with opportunities. Finally, the use of R&D products in pursuing the strategic options of improving program quality, meeting the needs of the new student clientele, participating in economic development and technology transfer, and undertaking comprehensive planning is emphasized, and examples are provided. Charts illustrating the paper's major points and a list of resources are included. (DAB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Nationwide Vocational Education Dissemination Conference (5th, Columbus, OH, November 17-19, 1982).