Skill Wars

1st Edition

Winning the Battle for Productivity and Profit

Authors: Edward E. Gordon
Paperback ISBN: 9780750672078
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 7th September 1999
Page Count: 368


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Skill Wars shows how to increase productivity and profits by making investments in human capital development. It addresses the disparity between the available jobs and available workers. By education and training only 20% of all American workers can fit well into our demanding high-tech workplace. How do we train the 80%?

Skill Wars defines the race between advanced technology investment and human resources investment and shows managers how to measure that investment. It introduces a Human Capital Scoreboard of seven new business management/measurement tools including a more accurate calculation of ROI (Return on Investment) for employee performance improvement programs. It also provides case studies of how quality training can deliver on more problem-solving/thinking skills. It has a foreword by Joseph Boyett, author of The Guru Guide and Workplace 2000.

Skill Wars is a "basic workplace performance primer" that presents complex issues in a simple language and format that will move both business leaders and the American public to give their popular support. There are few viable alternatives. Gordon believes that, "Only at great peril can Americans continue to largely ignore the workplace as an important arena that helps structure learning for life."

Key Features

Addresses the 'hot' topic of increasing worker skill shortages in American business Offers a Human Capital Scorecard of seven new business management/measurement tools Very important ROI (return on investment) chapter


Upper management as well as small business owners; anyone responsible for workforce training and all people concerned with the future of American education.

Table of Contents

The Quality Journey becomes a Short Trip; Measuring Human Capital Development; Where's the Beef? The Case for Measuring Training ROI; Solving the ROI Mystery; ROI Tax and Accounting Issues; Profit- Culture -Thinking: An American Tale; The Skill Wars; A Message from the Competition; Help Wanted; Creating the Next Work Force; Investing in Human Capital: A Blueprint for the 21st Century.


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About the Author

Edward E. Gordon

Affiliations and Expertise

Edward E. Gordon is president of Imperial Corporate Training and Develpoement in Chicago.


'This is the book every employee would love to have his/her employer read. Just as important, virtually every worker, regardless of profession, would love to see concepts from this tome implemented at the workplace...penned a powerful, surprisingly easy-to-read book that's simply a must for anyone in business today." - Harvey Star