Last Updated Oct 31, 2008 2:53 PM EDT
Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in an Age of UncertaintyAuthor: Peter Cappelli Background: Cappelli is professor of management at the Wharton School of Business, Director of its Center for Human Resources and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research
publisher: Harvard Business Press
Talent on Demand Web site
Who should read: Human resources strategists, CEOs, CFOs and other executives concerned about the cost of talent.
Cheers: The idea that underlies this book is creative and seems to work. Excellent use of real-world vignettes to help build his case. An engaging brief history of management training and theory. An effective discussion
Groans: You've gotta really care about HR. Also, it seems like it should have a little more math to prove some of its points, especially in the sections about 'buying' talent vs. 'making' it.
Readability: The writing is clear and in some places admirable. But ultimately, this is a book for those who run human resources departments.
Breakdown: A well-executed new theory for handling all aspects of human capital based on principles drawn from supply chain management.