Published by Pergamon Press for Operational Research Society
Journal of the Operational Research Society vol:63 pages:931-940
Markov manpower planning models have extensively been analysed in the past in order to find an optimal personnel strategy for which the stocks of the manpower system evolve towards desirable ones. So far, those models do not take into account interactions among different organizational decision levels. In this paper, a multi-level manpower planning model is presented that considers, besides the desirable stock vector at overall level, proposals for the departmental stocks from lower organizational levels. Attainability of the stock vectors at departmental level is examined under control by recruitment and interdepartmental transitions. A multi-level optimization algorithm is presented to determine an optimal recruitment strategy resulting in attainable and acceptable stocks that are a compromise between the proposal from the top and the proposals from the departments.