Reactive or proactive? Universities in action on their ageing academic workforce

Jacqui Larkin, Ruth Neumann

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Abstract

This paper reports the extent to which academic staffing, specifically ageing of academics, are portrayed in the audit reports of the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) for 2006 - 2009. The purpose is to determine whether the response by universities to the ageing academic workforce through these AUQA reports is reactive or proactive. The 21 universities’ audit reports revealed, first, that universities engage in a mixture of career management practices. Second, university variations exist in their response to their ageing academic workforce. Third, only modest progress on academic staffing matters has been made following AUQA Cycle 1 audit reports. Overall, although almost half of the audit reports address the ageing academic workforce, the universities’ response tends to be reactive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd ANZAM Conference 2009
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
EditorsNicholas Beaumont
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-19
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)1863081577
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (23rd : 2009) - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20094 Dec 2009

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (23rd : 2009)
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period1/12/094/12/09

Keywords

  • human resource management
  • strategic human resource management
  • organisational sustainability
  • career management
  • academic staffing
  • ageing academics

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