Making the best of it: strategic human resource management in Australian RTOs

Andrew Smith

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    Abstract

    People are the assets on which competitive advantage is built, whether in the public or private sector, whether in the corporate world or in the world of education. In the words of the latest theory on human resource management, people are an “inimitable” asset. The one thing that competitor organisations cannot imitate is people and their skills. So human resource management and the practices associated with it have become accepted by managers in all forms of organisations as one of the most important strategic levers to ensure continuing success (Boxall and Purcell, 2003). This is true in vocational education and training as much as in any other sector. In recent years workforce development has become a key feature of the management of registered training organisations (RTOs) in the VET sector. This paper will report on the results of a recent project examining the current state of human resource management practice in RTOs in Australia. The project takes a strategic approach, and the research examines the links between human resource management and the strategy of the organisation. The results of the project enable us to better understand the development of human resource management in RTOs and make sound recommendations about how RTOs can benefit from better management of people.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEvolution, revolution or status quo? The new context for VET. 10th Annual Conference of the Australian VET Research Association
    Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
    PublisherAVETRA
    Pages1-10
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventAnnual Conference of the Australian VET Research Association - Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 11 Apr 200713 Apr 2007

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australian VET Research Association
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period11/04/0713/04/07

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