Inter-firm partnerships, opportunism and control in the Australian recruitment services industry

Stephane Bignoux, Helene Mountford, David Gray

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Abstract

This paper adopts a conceptual approach drawing on economic theory to analyze the antecedents and consequences of opportunism in the Australian recruitment industry. The paper finds that the antecedents of opportunism are low unemployment leading to skills shortages, ageing population leading to a decrease in the total number of workers and the imposition of preferred supplier and partnership agreements on client firm managers. The main consequences of opportunism are non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract and partnerships dissatisfaction. However, the paper argues that this problem can be managed through a redefinition of labor and changes to hiring practices, and also through the tightening of control over the client firm.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging in the Pacific century
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherPromaco Conventions
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)1863081488
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008) - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Dec 20085 Dec 2008

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008)
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period2/12/085/12/08

Keywords

  • strategic human resource management
  • Human Resource Management and Development
  • recruitment
  • human resource management and organizational performance
  • skills shortages

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