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Strategic Staffing

Strategic Staffing

Fifth Edition


May 2023 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Formerly published by Chicago Business Press, now published by Sage

Strategic Staffing, 5e 
prepares all current and future managers to take a strategic and modern approach to the identification, attraction, selection, deployment, and retention of talent.

Organizations increasingly realize that their employees are the key to executing their business strategies, and the current competition for talent has made the identification and attraction of high-performing employees essential for companies to succeed in their marketplaces. The right employees give their organization a competitive advantage that sets it apart and drives its performance. In today’s business environment, a company’s ability to execute its strategy and maintain its competitive edge depends even more on the quality of its employees. And the quality of a company’s employees is directly affected by the quality of its recruiting and staffing systems. Because hiring managers are involved in the staffing process, hiring managers and human resources (HR) professionals need to be familiar with strategic staffing techniques. Over the past 10 years, advancing technology and the increased application of data analytics have changed the practices of sourcing, recruiting, and staffing.

Strategic Staffing 5e is grounded in research, communicates practical and modern staffing concepts and the role of staffing in organizational performance, and is engaging to read. The new edition contains updates to many sections on the roles of technology and analytics and adds more focus to the discussion of ethics that was added to the fourth edition. New research findings were also incorporated, and many company examples were updated. The fifth edition of Strategic Staffing continues to present up-to-date staffing theories and practices in an interesting, engaging, and easy-to-read format. 

Part 1 The Staffing Context and Job Analysis
Chapter 1 Strategic Staffing
Chapter 2 Business and Staffing Strategies
Chapter 3 The Legal Context
Chapter 4 Strategic Job Analysis and Competency Modeling
Part 2 Planning, Sourcing, and Recruiting
Chapter 5 Forecasting and Planning
Chapter 6 Sourcing: Identifying Recruits
Chapter 7 External Recruiting
Part 3 Selecting
Chapter 8 Measurement
Chapter 9 Assessing External Candidates
Chapter 10 Recruiting and Assessing Internal Candidates
Part 4 Managing the Staffing System
Chapter 11 Choosing and Hiring Candidates
Chapter 12 Managing Workforce Flow
Chapter 13 Staffing System Evaluation and Technology
Key features


  • Because the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the ongoing staffing needs and practices of employers worldwide, its impact is discussed throughout this new edition
  • The end-of-chapter exercises are now organized into two groups, “Staffing Strategy” and “Developing Your Staffing Skills,” with many revised and new exercises added
  • New coverage of staffing metrics and analytics in each chapter
  • New coverage of staffing-related technologies in each chapter
  • Updated citations, statistics, and company examples throughout the text

Strategic Staffing describes how to do the following:

  • Develop a staffing strategy that reinforces business strategy.
  • Forecast talent needs and labor supply and plan accordingly.
  • Conduct a job or competency analysis and a job rewards analysis.
  • Source potential recruits strategically.
  • Recruit and select the right people.
  • Negotiate with and hire top candidates.
  • Socialize, deploy, and retain talent.
  • Manage turnover.
  • Use staffing metrics and conduct staffing system evaluations.
  • Employ technology throughout the staffing system.
  • Integrate the staffing system with the other HR functions of training, compensation, and performance management.
  • Ensure the legal compliance of the staffing system.
  • Promote ethical staffing.
  • Leverage technology, metrics, and data analytics to optimize the performance and efficiency of a staffing system.

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