Introducing Technical (Not Managerial) Succession Planning

William J. Rothwell, Stan Poduch

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Succession planning to most government executives probably means executive replacement planning — planning for senior-level backups. But succession planning actually means far more than that. It is not just about finding replacements. It is also about developing talent and building sufficient bench strength, and preserving the organization's institutional memory as embodied in the heads of veteran performers at all levels who possess specialized knowledge about the way the organization works. This has to do with technical succession planning. This article examines technical succession planning — what it is and how it differs from managerial succession planning — and offers a case study that illustrates how one government agency has addressed the issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-419
Number of pages15
JournalPublic Personnel Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Administration
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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