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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181b76813
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Economic Perspective on Strategic Human Capital Management and Planning for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Roy, Kakoli PhD, MA; Chen, Zhuo (Adam) PhD, MS; Crawford, Carol A. Gotway PhD. MS

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Abstract

An organization's workforce—or human capital—is its most valuable asset. The 2002 President's Management Agenda emphasizes the importance of strategic human capital management by requiring all federal agencies to improve performance by enhancing personnel and compensation systems. In response to these directives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drafted its strategic human capital management plan to ensure that it is aligned strategically to support the agency's mission and its health protection goals. In this article, we explore the personnel economics literature to draw lessons from research studies that can help CDC enhance its human capital management and planning. To do so, we focus on topics that are of practical importance and empirical relevance to CDC's internal workforce and personnel needs with an emphasis on identifying promising research issues or methodological approaches. The personnel economics literature is rich with theoretically sound and empirically rigorous approaches for shaping an evidence-based approach to human capital management that can enhance incentives to attract, retain, and motivate a talented federal public health workforce, thereby promoting the culture of high-performance government.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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