ERIC Number: ED308288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Gaining the Competitive Edge.
American Society for Training and Development, Alexandria, VA.
Economic competitiveness is today's most critical issue. Keeping the United States competitive in the world marketplace means the difference between a rising standard of living for everyone and the disappearance of what is taken for granted as a way of life. Developing human capital is the route toward successful competition, as some examples show. Successful U.S. companies gain a competitive edge by (1) developing a global perspective; (2) transforming organizations through leadership; (3) fostering innovation; (4) collaborating in nontraditional alliances; (5) serving the customer well; (6) producing more with less; (7) integrating technology and human resources; and (8) continually training and developing employees. The American Society for Training and Development feels a special responsibility in calling for action on competitiveness because it knows that corporate learning programs make companies more competitive. Business leaders, policymakers, and noncorporate educators must also support this goal. Several key steps must be taken to produce results: employers must use training and development to achieve business goals and train for an adaptive work force; educators must increase their connections with employers; and government policies must support training and investment for the development of a more competitive work force. (58 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: American Society for Training and Development, Alexandria, VA.