U.S. Army’s ARDEC Selected as 2007 Winner

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<strong>Washington &mdash; Jan. 15</strong><br />The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a professional association and think tank advancing the science of strategic talent management, announced that one of its members and education customer, the U.S. Army&#39;s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), was recently presented the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation&#39;s highest presidential honor for organizational performance excellence. ARDEC is the first Department of Defense organization to receive this prestigious award.<br /><br />Established in 1987 and presented annually by the president of the United States, the Baldrige Award acknowledges businesses, education, health-care and nonprofit organizations. They are judged to be outstanding in seven key areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; human resource focus; process management; and results.<br /><br />The recipient of many awards, ARDEC&rsquo;s honors include increasing non-Army revenue from $60 million to $140 million in six years and creating more than 20 highly innovative new products. In addition, ARDEC&#39;s workforce engagement is more than 84 percent and job satisfaction increased to 92 percent in 2007, exceeding government productivity and quality benchmarks. Diversity for scientists and engineers has increased in six of eight target groups from 2005 to 2007, with several exceeding the National Science Foundation benchmark.<br /><br />A Human Capital Institute member and education customer since 2006, HCI is working with the ARDEC human capital management office to improve talent management practices throughout the organization. In addition to 16 cross-functional ARDEC leaders receiving their Human Capital Strategist (HCS) designations, HCI is providing more than 200 ARDEC managers skills training to acquire, develop and retain employees &mdash; a key component of the Malcolm Baldrige award nomination.<br /><br />”The HCI team continues to be impressed by the caliber of talent leaders at ARDEC,” stated David Forman, HCI&#39;s chief learning officer. “They understand how to develop and engage their employees to create the collaborative environment needed to be the first Department of Defense branch to be recognized for organizational performance.” In addition, ARDEC&#39;s Chief Human Capital Officer, Dr. Joe King Ph.D., added, “Our workforce engagement initiatives are thriving. HCI&#39;s education curriculum will continue to provide the framework we need to expand award-winning talent management programs.”<br /><br />Dr. King and other ARDEC officials now will prepare to accept the award at a ceremony to be held in Washington, D.C., in early 2008.<br />

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