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Thinking about how to think: cognitive skills to stay relevant in a digital economy

Siu Loon Hoe (Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a holistic set of thinking or cognitive skills for professionals, managers, and executives to stay relevant in a digital economy.

Design/methodology/approach

The viewpoint is based on more than 20 years of experience gained working with multinational companies and public sector organizations across various industries in Asia.

Findings

To stay relevant in a digital economy, there is a need to develop a holistic set of cognitive skills such as design thinking, process thinking, systems thinking, futures thinking, and creative thinking that complements technical and people skills.

Research limitations/implications

The paper provides senior human resources practitioners with suggestions on a holistic set of thinking skills that complements technical and people skills to help manage organizational capabilities and develop talents to stay relevant in a digital economy.

Practical implications

The paper provides senior human resources practitioners with suggestions on a holistic set of thinking skills that complements technical and people skills to help manage organizational capabilities and develop talents to stay relevant in a digital economy.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to the existing literature on human resource development by providing insights on a holistic set of thinking skills that are needed in a digital economy.

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Citation

Hoe, S.L. (2017), "Thinking about how to think: cognitive skills to stay relevant in a digital economy", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-02-2017-0040

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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