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Executive Resource Management

Program/Project Management Resource List #53

Revised July 2011

According to Dorothy Leonard and Walter Swap in "Preserving Deep Smarts at NASA", nearly half of NASA's workforce was eligible for retirement in 2006. Many of the people who would leave would be the managers and leaders who set the agency's course and steered its programs past obstacles towards their destinations. NASA can archive the lessons they learned through their careers and practice other techniques of knowledge management, but NASA will need to face the question of succession management just as it will also need to face the issues of Human Capital Management in the Technical Fields. The NASA HQ library also maintains resource lists on Transforming Engineers and Scientists Into Managers and Managerial Core Comptetence, which may shed some more light on the issues covered here.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Policies Books E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources

NASA Policies

The following policies and procedural requirements can be accessed by anyone through the NASA Online Directives Information System:
NASA Policy Directive 3000.1C: Human Capital Management
NASA Policy Directive 3010.1A: Strategic Workforce Planning
NASA Procedural Requirements 3100.1A: Management of the Senior Executive Service (SES)
NASA Procedural Requirements 3317.1A: Senior Executive Service Career Appointee Merit Staffing in NASA
NASA Procedural Requirements 3435.1B: NASA Performance Management System for the Senior Executive Service


Hannam, Susan Elizabeth, and Bonni Yordi. Engaging a Multi-generational Workforce: Practical Advice for Government Managers. Washington, DC: IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2011.
HF5549.5 .M5 H366 2011 PPM-STACKS
Liebowitz, Jay. Addressing the Human Capital Crisis in the Federal Government: A Knowledge Management Perspective. Amsterdam; Boston, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2004.
JK765 .L54 2004 BOOKSTACKS
National Academy of Public Administration. Balancing a Multisector Workforce to Achieve a Healthy Organization. Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration, 2007.
JK765 .B35 2007 BOOKSTACKS
__________. Developing the Leadership Team: An Agency Guide: A Report. Vienna, VA: Management Concepts, 2003.
JK765 .D48 2003 BOOKSTACKS
__________. First-line Supervisors in the Federal Service: Their Selection, Development, and Management. Vienna, VA: Management Concepts, 2003.
JK765 .F57 2003 BOOKSTACKS
__________. The Quest for Talent: Recruitment Strategies for Federal Agencies. Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration, 2001.
JK731 .N376 2001 BOOKSTACKS
Rothwell, William J. Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent From Within. New York, NY: AMACOM, 2001.
HD57.7 .R68 2001 PPM-STACKS
Note: Also available as an e-book in SATERN.
United States. Merit Systems Protection Board. The Federal Workforce for the Twenty-First Century: Results of the Merit Principles Survey 2000: A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, 2003.
JK765 .U55 2003 BOOKSTACKS


All e-books listed here are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Alsop, Ron. The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millenial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace. Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Atwood, Christee Gabour. Succession Planning Basics. ASTD, 2007.
Charan, Ram. Leaders at All Levels: Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis. Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Fulmer, Robert M., and Jared L. Bleak. The Leadership Advantage: How the Best Companies Are Developing Their Talent to Pave the Way for Future Success. AMACOM, 2008.
Murrell, Audrey J., Sheila Forte-Trammell, and Diana A. Bing. Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships. IBM Press, 2009.
Phillips, Jack J., and Lisa Edwards. Managing Talent Retention: An ROI Approach. Pfeiffer, 2009.

Articles and Reports

Cascio, Wayne F. "Leadership Succession: How to Avoid a Crisis", Ivey Business Journal, May/June 2011.
Available through the online archives of the Ivey Business Journal
Brewer, Soila. Sandia's Mentoring Program: An Ongoing Success.. SAND2003-4377. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, Dec. 2003.
(918263: (Oct. 2008) DoE Information Bridge)
Gandz, Jeffrey. "Talent development: The architecture of a talent pipeline that works", Ivey Business Journal, Jan./Feb. 2006.
Available through the online archives of the Ivey Business Journal
Liebowitz, Jay, et al. "Cross-Generational Knowledge Flows in Edge Organizations: Research in Progress", in: The Twelfth International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, Newport, RI, June 19-21, 2007.
(ADA481416: (June 2008) DTIC)
Michaels, Ed, Beth Axelrod and Helen Handfield-Jones. "Talent Management: A Critical Part of Every Leader's Job", Ivey Business Journal, Nov./Dec. 2001.
Available through the online archives of the Ivey Business Journal
Sujansky, Joanne. "Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce", Occupational Health and Safety, April 2004.
Available through the online archives of Occupational Health and Safety
Pelletier, Ray. "Younger Managers, Older Workers", Occupational Health and Safety, Nov. 2005.
Available through the online archives of Occupational Health and Safety
Pendse, Shripad. "Initiative, Creativity, Results: A Win-win-win Strategy for Promoting Employees", Ivey Business Journal, Nov./Dec. 2007.
Available through the online archives of the Ivey Business Journal
Russell, Rob. "Riding the Gray Wave", Occupational Health and Safety, Aug. 2007.
Available through the online archives of Occupational Health and Safety
Wardynski, Casey, David S. Lyle, and Michael J. Colarusso. Towards a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy for Success: A Proposed Human Capital Model Focused Upon Talent. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA, April 2009.
(ADA496369: (April 2009) DTIC)

Internet Resources

Human Capital Institute. 2011 [July 13, 2011].
McCann, Mike. NASA Human Capital Management. July 2011 [July 13, 2011].
Partnership for Public Service. 2011 [July 13, 2011].
Society of Workforce Planning Professionals. 2011 [July 13, 2011].
Trevarthen, Ellie. Ask Magazine Archives. May 12, 2010 [July 13, 2011].

Last Updated: July 2011