Personal Development Plans: Case Studies of Practice

Tamkin P, Barber L, Hirsh W | Report 280 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jan 1995

By the mid 1990s Personal Development Plans had rapidly gained in popularity as a tool for encouraging employees to think through their own development needs and action plan for their careers and skill development.

This report, based on case study research of leaders in this field, gives practitioners clear descriptions of what PDPs really are, how they fit in with other HR processes, and how they are working in practice. The eight named case studies include TSB, BP Chemicals, Marks and Spencer and Abbey National.

The report also raises some wider policy issues and choices in using PDPs as part of a strategy of self-development.

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