The Older academic: challenges for Australian universities

Jacqueline Larkin, Ruth Neumann

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Australia, like other developed countries in the world, is experiencing significant demographic and labour market trends. An increase in life expectancy and a decrease in birth rates have contributed to Australia’s ageing population. The academic workforce is ageing and the implications of ignoring the ageing phenomenon could have consequences for the sustainability of universities. It is fundamentally important for university management to better understand their older staff. This includes the career development expectations of older academics. A proactive approach could involve the establishment of human resource management (HRM) strategies that would maximize the knowledge, skills and experience of older academics and provide opportunities that could continue to value their research, teaching and service contributions. This paper will argue the need for further research on career development expectations of older academics to better understand how to harness the knowledge and skills for the benefit of the individual and the organization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging our intellectual and social capital
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 21st ANZAM Conference, 4-7 December 2007, Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney
EditorsRoss Chapman
Place of PublicationCanning Bridge, W.A.
PublisherPromaco Conventions
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)1863081402
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (21st : 2007) - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20077 Dec 2007


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (21st : 2007)


  • human resource management
  • human resource development
  • strategic human resource management


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