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Workforce Development

Strategies and Practices

  • Tom Short
  • Roger Harris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Sustainability, Growth and Diversity

  3. Building Capability and Capacity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Lesley Jolly, Gregory Tibbits, Lydia Kavanagh, Lisa O’Moore
      Pages 115-133
    3. Kieren Jamieson, Sukanlaya Sawang, Cameron Newton
      Pages 171-184
  4. Developing Leadership, Talent and Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Tom Short, Tom Stehlik, Janene Piip
      Pages 187-209
    3. Roslyn Cameron
      Pages 211-224
    4. Janene Piip, Roger Harris
      Pages 225-243
    5. John Thompson, Jarna Heinonen, Jonathan M. Scott
      Pages 263-277

About this book


This book is the second in a series of two volumes that reviews a broad range of workforce development strategies and practices in a period following the global financial crisis, when organisational stability and survival were foremost in leaders’ minds. Drawing mainly from a wide range of major research projects conducted in Australia and supplemented by contributions from international authors, this second book is a compilation of contemporary themes and applications that were developed from individual research projects. During the global financial crisis, the Australian economy out-performed many other developed countries, but was nonetheless not immune to international pressures such as global competition, market fluctuations and an increasingly mobile workforce. These issues are reflected in many of the chapters and the combined work will inform readers about the major workforce development challenges facing public and private sector organisations. The book blends relevant literature with rich empirical evidence gathered from large and small organisations alike, and includes application tools developed by researchers who are experts in their field. This book will be of great interest to a broad audience of academics, industry leaders, human resource practitioners, and students in the fields of adult education, business, psychology and the social sciences. Moreover, it offers a valuable resource for education and training professionals, management consultants, and more generally, all those who are following the evolution of work and its impact on contemporary society.


Abstract Skills recognition Adult and Continuing Education Australian rail industry Building Leadership Culture Career Pathways Competition for global talent Culturally Diverse Group Skills Education Technologies Educational Simulation Engagement Strategies Enhancing Workers’ Learning Formal Workplace Mentoring Highly Contextualised Training Human Resource Management Industry skills Intrapreneurial Mindset Leadership identification National Training Frameworks National Vocational Curricula Organisational leadership Peter Kell Post-secondary education Professional development Professional development practice Professional development strategy Professional education Professional education practice Professional education strategy Project management Rail education Roger Harris Safety Incident Investigation Skilled Migration Tom Short Unified Industry Standard Vocational Education Workforce development Workforce development practice Workforce development strategy Workplace Mentoring e-Technologies

Editors and affiliations

  • Tom Short
    • 1
  • Roger Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Education, Equity and Work Research GroupUniversity of South AustraliaMawson LakesAustralia
  2. 2.Education, Equity and Work Research GroupUniversity of South AustraliaMawson LakesAustralia

About the editors

Tom Short is a Research Fellow at the University of South Australia where his activities include leading workforce development research projects within the CRC for Rail Innovation. His academic and work experiences span areas such as human resource management, workforce development, leadership and adult education – in senior management, consulting, education and research roles. He has published widely on these topics in books, journals, national and international conference proceedings, professional publications and currently serves on the editorial board of three international journals. Tom is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was formerly Director of the Performance Improvement Centre, a HRD consulting and training business unit situated within the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education, specialising in the professional development of workplace educators, trainers, assessors and teachers of adults.

Roger Harris is a Professor in the School of Education, University of South Australia. He has had extensive experience in VET research, with a focus on national training reform, workforce development and adult learning. He has presented at national and international conferences and published widely, including books on competency-based education (Macmillan 1995), on and off-job training (NCVER 1998) and rethinking work and learning (Springer 2009), as well co-writing 18 research monographs published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. Recently, Roger was Director of the three-year Australian research consortium, Supporting VET providers in building capability for the future. He has been a member of the South Australian Training and Skills Commission and a Research Fellow for three months at the Institute for Adult Learning in the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. Currently he serves on the Academic Boards of two private higher education providers and as Program Leader of the Workforce Development Program within the CRC for Rail Innovation. He has been Editor of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning and is now Co-Editor of the International Journal of Training Research.

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