An investigation of the effectiveness of competency-based management implementation

Competency-based management (CBM) is an approach to human resource management (HRM) that has grown in popularity over the years. CBM involves objectively defining the necessary competencies (defined as job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, and other attributes) to effectively perform a job, then integrating this framework into the organization’s HRM processes. While this approach makes sense in theory, there is little hard evidence available about its effectiveness for organizations. In an effort to bridge this knowledge gap, this project will involve conducting a comprehensive interdisciplinary review of the literature to determine what evidence currently exists about the effectiveness of CBM for learning and development initiatives in organizations. Importantly, the review will also assist organizations with preparing themselves to evaluate future CBM initiatives.

Faculty Supervisor:

Kevin Kelloway


Vanessa Myers


Human Resource Systems Group Ltd




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