Older academics' views of promotion

Jacqui Larkin, Ruth Neumann, Paul Nesbit

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Abstract

Academic promotion is the main form of career advancement and provides staff with the incentive to continue to strive for excellence in research and teaching. Drawing on the theory of career motivation, this paper explores the perceptions of older academics on promotion, with the aim to gain an insight to university HRM policy-making on the retention of high performing and experienced older academics. Findings from both documentary and interview data highlight a lack of inherent support for career development; mixed views on the promotion process and a lack of promotion opportunities. This paper argues that universities need to make more effort to maintain high levels of career motivation among older academics through opportunities for promotion and development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th ANZAM Conference 2012
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging for volitility and instability
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780987415806
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (26th : 2012) - Perth
Duration: 5 Dec 20127 Dec 2012

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (26th : 2012)
CityPerth
Period5/12/127/12/12

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Keywords

  • academic career
  • career development
  • human resource development
  • strategic change

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Larkin, J., Neumann, R., & Nesbit, P. (2012). Older academics' views of promotion. In Proceedings of the 26th ANZAM Conference 2012: managing for volitility and instability (pp. 1-18). Perth: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.