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HR Succession Planning: Glossary

Discover key terms to help you understand UC San Diego's succession planning strategy.

Knowledge Management

The systematic process of capturing, storing, maintaining, and distributing information (know-how) in a way that facilitates achievement of an organization's mission.

Performance Dimensions

A "Performance Dimension" is anything an employee must demonstrate in order to be effective in a particular organization, job, and/or level of position. Typically, a Performance Dimensions model includes a number of competencies (such as "technical skills" and "honesty and integrity"), along with specific behaviors that fall within each competency.

Performance Management

An ongoing communication process that involves both the manager and the employee performing the following functions:

  • Identifying and describing essential job functions and relating them to the mission and goals of the organization
  • Developing realistic and appropriate performance standards
  • Giving and receiving feedback about performance
  • Writing and communicating constructive performance appraisals
  • Planning education and development opportunities to sustain, improve, or build on employee work performance

Succession Planning

The process that employers use to hire, develop, and manage employees who become "successors" to the incumbents vacating positions within an organization.

Workforce Diversity

Describes the differences, similarities, and unique features that exist in an organization’s workforce due to the mixture of gender, ethnicity, race, national origin, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs and other factors.