Other Case Studies of Core Competency

There are numerous case studies of core competency in addition to that of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, such as a study of the core competencies and collection development at Iowa State University Library (2002), and the core competencies and library staff work outline at the Ohio University Libraries (2002). As we can see, there has been a wide-ranging examination of core competency within library collections and organisations.

Conclusions About Using Core Competency

It was evident from the transition within the bibliometric analysis that core competency had a relatively major impact on libraries. In general, when commercial enterprises apply the idea of core competency, along with recognising the importance of core capabilities, they tend to emphasise specific skills or techniques. As a result, many commercial enterprises that introduced core competency, while identifying the core capabilities of the organisation, also attempted to outsource skills and techniques deemed to be non-core capabilities.

However, as was also evident from the case study of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, a management theory using core competency was introduced to libraries for the sake of recognising the importance of the latent core capabilities of the organisation rather than outsourcing. Subsequently, to give shape to the core capabilities of libraries recognised through core competency, emphasis was put on library staff learning. It can also be inferred from the fact that almost all library staff took part in workshops during the case study that the idea of core competency was accepted by library staff with relatively no resistance.

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