Sunday, April 27, 2008

Answering the 7W's for my thesis simulation

My boss has given me advice on what terms in my abstract I should have solid answers for. I set those up on my wiki for answers I find I can use. I would like to have a good solid 7w's approach to the topic too. The 7W's method is something I have not often applied but I will use it for the paper. I am inspired by the Clerk of the Privy Council's report on renewal of the pubic service as his text relates to my thesis. I am now thinking of using his text for an opening quote to answer the why question. So that leaves 6w's to go.

Here is the section's beginning from section III of the clerk's report that fits with my paper and answers why.

Lynch, Kevin G. (2008) Fifteenth Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada section III (, accessed April 26, 2008).

III. The Framework for Public Service Renewal

In last year’s Report, four broad priority areas for renewal were identified. These were planning, recruitment, employee development and enabling infrastructure.


The foundation for shaping the public service workforce we need is a clear understanding of what skills and knowledge are needed to meet departments’ business objectives, both now and into the future. Business planning and human resource planning have to go hand in hand. Without this, recruitment and employee development will be largely ad hoc and short term.

As an example of the importance of integrated planning, over the past 25 years there has been a striking shift in the occupational makeup of the public service toward more “knowledge intensive” work. Indeed, as Figures 3A and B indicate, computer specialists are now five times more numerous than in 1983 and economists three times. Conversely, clerical positions have declined from about 24% to 14% of the public service and there are 95% fewer secretarial workers. However, business and human resource planning in the public service has tended to lag rather than shape these changes.

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