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Three New Books Published this Year by College of Education Professor William Rothwell

Rothwell, is the lead author on two books that have been published with a third at press.

By Pamela Batson (May 2008)

William J. Rothwell, professor of Workforce Education and Development in Penn State's College of Education is the lead author of two new books published this year, with a third at press.

Rothwell ImageHuman Resource Transformation, published by Davies-Black Publishing and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), continues the discussion of human resource transformation that was introduced in Strategic Human Resource Leader. Both books were co-authored by Rothwell, Robert K. Prescott, and Maria W. Taylor. In the current book, the authors' used data collected over the course of twenty years from a longitudinal study involving general managers' view of human resources and its focus and performance. They combined the longitudinal study with case studies from AT&T, IBM and the U.S. Navy.

In Linking Workforce Development to Economic Development: A Casebook for Community Colleges, Rothwell and Patrick E. Gerity examine best practices at community colleges across the country in respect to workforce training and the type of outreach services offered. The authors look at the links between workforce training, the services provided, and how the colleges can effectively serve their communities. The book was published by the American Association of Community Colleges.

His most recent book is about tapping the retiree base to meet talent shortages, and is titled Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training and Retaining Employees (in press, due out in 2008). "The U.S. is facing a time when it is at risk of losing many experienced people to retirement. Both employers and retirees will find it necessary to reinvent retirement, and this book will focus on meeting the pending future talent shortage in the U.S. by drawing on the experience and work ethic of those beyond traditional retirement age," said Rothwell.

Rothwell is part of the Industrial Training option in the College of Education, focused on preparing people for opportunities as trainers in businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. He has authored numerous books, including Effective Succession Planning (2005), Career Planning and Succession Management (2005), and a pending casebook on governmental succession planning.