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15 April 2009 · Article

Organizational capabilities versus functional skills - The battle between groups for ascendancy

In the 21st century, companies are faced with the ever pressing challenge of matching the needs of a constantly changing business landscape against the development of the skills of their key employees. Listing, prioritizing, recruiting, and assessing the many workplace skills needed in modern organizations are daunting tasks. It is best to start with two general categories, both of which exhibit internal tensions:
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         management versus professional capabilities; and
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         personal skills or qualities versus system-wide or “cultural” traits.
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No aspect of either category can be neglected because each is vital to the overall success of the organization.
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\r\nThomas D. Barton PhD, California Western School of Law (photo right) and
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Thomas M. Larkin, Credit Suisse, Supply Management


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