Recommendations for Developing Middle Management's Talent Acquisition, Retention and Leadership Competencies

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Organizational Leadership


Leadership and Organizations

First Advisor

Christopher Edwards


Aerospace & Defense, Crowdsourcing, Leadership development, Middle management, Talent acquisition and retention, Talent management


Current and future Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry changes have and will continue to impact talent acquisition, retention and leadership development practices. Changes such as cost reduction pressure on A&D companies, workforce shortages as a result of demographic changes, and a shrinking talent pool from which to draw upon in order to develop the numbers of future leaders necessary to sustain high levels of innovation present significant challenges to many A&D companies. In order to meet these challenges, certain talent management, leadership practices, culture and organizational attributes changes are needed. A comparison between needed changes and observations of current A&D practices has revealed several key challenges. Recommendations, including an executive presentation, are presented to address the identified challenges.

Publication Statement

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