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Extending the Entropy Stability Measure for Manpower Planning

Sally McClean
The Journal of the Operational Research Society
Vol. 37, No. 12 (Dec., 1986), pp. 1133-1138
DOI: 10.2307/2582304
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2582304
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Extending the Entropy Stability Measure for Manpower Planning
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Abstract

In manpower planning, it is essential to be able to monitor stability of the length-of-service structure of the staff. Such a stability index is provided by the formula for entropy of a continuous distribution, evaluated for length of service. This measure improves on the previous discrete version by removing the necessity of introducing arbitrary tenure classes, thus facilitating inter-company comparisons. It is closely related to the entropy formula used in demography, and manpower planners may therefore avail themselves of results already used by demographers.

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