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Introduction: identifying, building, and linking competences

A Focussed Issue on Identifying, Building, and Linking Competences

ISBN: 978-1-84950-990-9, eISBN: 978-1-84950-991-6

Publication date: 11 May 2010


Part I of this issue begins with a paper by Colin Eden and Fran Ackermann on “Competences, distinctive competences, and core competences.” Eden and Ackermann draw on their extensive work with top management teams in workshops focused on identifying the competences of an organization. They describe an interactive process of engagement with managers through which an organization's competences are identified, some of which are further judged to be “distinctive competences” of the organization. Analysis of the interrelationships among a firm's identified competences then leads to the discovery of a pattern of competence interactions in which some competences appear to be at the “core” of the organizations distinctive competences. The paper presents an interesting perspective on how the capabilities and competences of a firm are often interrelated in ways that invite special attention and development by managers. Further, the paper explains the systems methodology that the authors have developed for use with managers to help identify and assess an organization's competences.


Sanchez, R. and Heene, A. (2010), "Introduction: identifying, building, and linking competences", Sanchez, R., Heene, A. and Ede Zimmermann, T. (Ed.) A Focussed Issue on Identifying, Building, and Linking Competences (Research in Competence-Based Management, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. ix-xii.



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