Identifying and selecting suitable staff is particularly important for the sustainability of any institution. Whether in the public or private sector, universities, chambers or associations, qualified staff are a key factor for productivity, performance and success in a global competitive environment.
Given the importance of the topic, demographic development, and with a view to professionalising processes for identifying and selecting staff, questions of scientific foundations, effectiveness, efficiency and usefulness in practice (e.g. for small and medium companies) have become increasingly relevant and need well-informed answers.
For the 2010 forum, therefore, the Europrofession Foundation and Saarland University jointly focused on a forward-looking topic with a regional and trans-regional impact at the interface between science and economy.
Under the patronage of Saarland’s Minister for Economy and Science, speakers from HR and management consulting firms, universities, research institutions and the federal employment centre presented current findings from theory and practice, discussed staff identification and selection processes and outlined future scenarios for developing HR consulting. The forum also examined the use of innovative technologies to support this task.
The host for the evening was Jan-Martin Wiarda, a journalist and head of the education department for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT.
One result of this was an understanding of the urgent need to establish future-oriented and in particular demographically-oriented HR management. In addition, the importance of ongoing transfer of scientific findings into industry was specifically highlighted for the field of staff selection: ‘fruitful dialogue between science and economy can only be achieved if the two sides approach each other’, in other words by defining and matching industrial problems with scientific insights.