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Succession planning – or smart talent management?

Angela Hills (Senior vice president at BlessingWhite Inc., Skillman, New Jersey, USA)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 30 January 2009




This paper aims to identify what succession planning actually is and the pro's and con's of buying in, or building talent in the organization. The paper is informed by BlessingWhite's 2008 global survey into employee engagement.


The paper examines the advantages and disadvantages of buying in and building talent to ensure the right people are in the right places at the right time within an organization. It describes five strategies for ensuring succession planning works.


The five key strategies are: aligning succession planning with business strategy, assessing leadership potential using the 3Cs, involve the talent in the planning, mixing development: experience/coaching/training, and casting a wider net for succession.

Research limitations/implications

The research quoted is the global BlessingWhite survey – The State of Engagement 2008.

Practical implications

The paper details changes to succession planning strategy.


This paper gives new research data and an approach to succession planning. It is of value to senior HR professionals and executive teams in companies concerned about effective succession planning and talent management.



Hills, A. (2009), "Succession planning – or smart talent management?", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 3-8.



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