Assessing human capital: A lean manufacturing example

Kim La Scola Needy, Bryan A. Norman, Bopaya Bidanda, Poonsiri Ariyawongrat, Wipawee Tharmmaphornphilas, Rona Colosimo Warner

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This article describes an approach and methodology that explicitly considers the assessment of human capital in a lean manufacturing environment supported by cellular manufacturing. It details a systematic approach where human capital is inventoried in the form of developing a skills database. Specific critical skills are identified, grouped, and placed onto a Skills Inventory Form (SIF). The SIF is used to assess the skill levels of each worker via an employee, supervisor, and consensus assessment approach. The approach is illustrated in a Fortune 100 company, showing how to use it to drive training requirements, change hiring practices, assign workers, and establish compensation and reward systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalEMJ - Engineering Management Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002


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