Australian university management perceptions of academics aged in their 50s: a resource-based view

Jacqui Larkin, Ruth Neumann, Paul Nesbit

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Organisations require strategic foresight from management to exploit its human resources to achieve sustained competitive advantage. With 40% of Australian academics aged 50 and over, this raises crucial sustainability issues for universities in relation to human resource management (HRM) and knowledge management. This paper adopts the Resource-Based View (RBV) to examine university management within the Australian context to determine: 1. Do university management possess strategic foresight to maximize the knowledge and expertise of academics aged in their 50s? and 2. Do university management perceive academics aged in their 50s as a source of sustained competitive advantage? The findings from interviews with Australian university management reveal ambivalent and discriminatory attitudes towards older academics and academics aged in their 50s are largely neglected by senior management. The implication is that the RBV is a promising strategy approach for universities competing on the basis of talent and innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM 2011 conference proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationbuilding and sustaining high performance organisations in a challenging environment
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Academcy of Management (BAM)
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780954960834
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventBritish Academy of Management Conference - Birmingham, UK
Duration: 13 Jan 201115 Jan 2011


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference
CityBirmingham, UK


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