The CEO research program on strategic talent management and human capital combines organizational, managerial, and economic perspectives to bridge the strategic, business, and organizational aspects of human resource management. Understanding the drivers of employee mobility, commitment, and productivity is critical for effective workforce management in an era of knowledge work and transactional relationships between employees and organizations. CEO has conducted a number of studies into the job design, internal career path, external labor markets, and motivation factors that combine together to challenge the validity of labor market assumptions made by business leaders and employees. Insights include a deeper understanding of which levers are likely to have the greatest ability to improve organizational and employee outcomes, including the development and retention of strategically important talent. Key talent pools have included engineers, software developers, accountants, salespeople, and contractors/temporary employees.