The ageing workforce: Ethical implications for HRM practitioners

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Title The ageing workforce: Ethical implications for HRM practitioners
Author Shacklock, Kate Herring; Shacklock, Arthur Henry
Publication Title Engaging the Multiple Contexts of Management: Convergence and divergence of management theory and practice: Proceedings of the 19th ANZAM Conference
Editor Doug Davies, Greg Fisher and Raechel Hughes
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher ANZAM
Abstract This paper adds a new dimension to the implications of Australia's ageing workforce -- the impact upon human resource practitioners (HRPs) in terms of the likely increasing ethical dilemmas they will face. Predictions of a labour shortfall of skilled workers means that organisations will need to employ more older workers than previously. However, the empirical research reported in this paper on ethical decisions made by human resource management practitioners (HRPs) in key HRM areas suggests they are faced with increasing ethical dilemmas (in terms of both frequency and complexity). Literatures from both the human resource management and organisational ethics fields are presented, arguing that the future will be difficult for HRPs as the workforce continues to age. The ethical dilemmas involved in such decisions and practices will place HRPs in an ever more difficult and complex situation. This has implications for the successful management of internal workforces for organisations, and for HRM in general.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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ISBN 1 74088 245 8
Conference name 19th ANZAM Conference: Engaging the Multiple Contexts of Management
Location Canberra, Australia
Date From 2005-12-07
Date To 2005-12-10
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2881
Date Accessioned 2005-12-18
Date Available 2009-01-20T06:10:59Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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