Workforce Development

Perspectives and Issues

Editors: Harris, Roger McLeod, Short, Thomas William (Eds.)

  • A significant collection of scholarly research from an international team of experts in leadership, human resource management, adult education, training and workforce development
  • Reveals how the concept of workforce development helps organisations to move beyond global human resource management to create a more balanced philosophy for integrating work into a sustainable society
  • Blends traditional and theoretical perspectives with a range of contemporary issues located in a real-world industrial setting and will leave readers with a broader appreciation of how organisations deal with change, diversity and mobility
  • Takes a critical outlook in challenging a range of assumptions relating to how and why people are developed at work
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About this book

This book captures the essence of current workforce development perspectives and draws on extensive global research to uncover a range of issues confronting organisations. Taking primarily an Australian outlook after the global financial crisis and tracing the progress of a national industry sector, each chapter delves into a major area of interest for leaders. Overall, the authors make the case that workforce development is an amalgam of activities influenced by context, politics and economic development.

As the world becomes increasingly connected and mobile, workforce development is proving to be a major activity for organisations because it impacts their longer-term survival and growth. To stay ahead, successful organisations focus on attracting, building, engaging and retaining talented people. However, in a financially turbulent era where strategy changes quickly, workforce development must not only plan and build the capabilities of people at work, but also contribute to making employment more socially sustainable for a better world.

This book provides a thought-provoking collection of scholarly work for business leaders, human resource practitioners and academics working in adult education, business, psychology and social science disciplines. At the same time, it adopts an accessible style for students and others who want to know more about the development of people at work.

About the authors

Roger Harris is a Professor in the School of Education, University of South Australia. He has had extensive experience in VET research, with a focus on national training reform, workforce development and adult learning. He has presented at national and international conferences and published widely, including books on competency-based education (Macmillan 1995), on and off-job training (NCVER 1998) and rethinking work and learning (Springer 2009), as well co-writing 18 research monographs published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. Recently, Roger was Director of the three-year Australian research consortium, Supporting VET providers in building capability for the future. He has been a member of the South Australian Training and Skills Commission, and a Research Fellow for three months at the Institute for Adult Learning in the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. Currently he serves on the Academic Boards of two private higher education providers, and as Program Leader of the Workforce Development Program within the CRC for Rail Innovation. He has been Editor of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning, and is now Co-Editor of the International Journal of Training Research.

Tom Short is a Research Fellow at the University of South Australia where his activities include leading workforce development research projects within the CRC for Rail Innovation. His academic and work experiences span areas such as human resource management, workforce development, leadership and adult education – in senior management, consulting, education and research roles. He has published widely on these topics in books, journals, national and international conference proceedings, professional publications and currently serves on the editorial board of three international journals. Tom is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was formerly Director of the Performance Improvement Centre, a HRD consulting and training business unit situated within the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education, specialising in the professional development of workplace educators, trainers, assessors and teachers of adults.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Exploring the Notion of Workforce Development

    Harris, Roger (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Attracting and Retaining Staff: The Role of Branding and Industry Image

    Wallace, Michelle (et al.)

    Pages 19-36

  • International Developments in Skills Migration: A Case Study of the Opportunities, Threats and Dilemmas for Australia

    Kell, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 37-55

  • Career Paths: Challenges and Opportunities

    Sheldon, Neroli (et al.)

    Pages 57-74

  • Skills Recognition and Recognition of Prior Learning for Workforce Development: Challenges and Possibilities

    Davies, Lisa

    Pages 75-91

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $139.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-4560-57-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 4, 2016
  • ISBN 978-981-10-1332-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Workforce Development
Book Subtitle
Perspectives and Issues
Editors
  • Roger McLeod Harris
  • Thomas William Short
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-4560-58-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-4560-58-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-4560-57-3
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-1332-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 387
Number of Illustrations and Tables
23 b/w illustrations
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