Beyond competence: shifting perspectives of capability

A paper from 'HR in a disordered world: IES Perspectives on HR 2015'

Tamkin P | HR Network Paper 109 | Institute for Employment Studies | Mar 2015

This review of competencies argues that our tendency in the UK to atomise (whilst Germany for example favours an holistic interpretation) leaves knowledge isolated, fixed in conception and unable to be summonsed to help with new situations. The effects include dispiriting appraisals, narrow recruitments, rote learning, and the downplaying of theoretical knowledge to the broader detriment of agility (back to change management again) and the ability to deal with novel and complex situations.

This paper was originally published in HR in a disordered world: IES Perspectives on HR 2015