Workforce Development

Perspectives and Issues

  • Roger Harris
  • Tom Short

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Roger Harris, Tom Short
    Pages 1-16
  3. Sustainability, Growth and Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Michelle Wallace, Ian Lings, Roslyn Cameron, Neroli Sheldon
      Pages 19-36
    3. Neroli Sheldon, Michelle Wallace
      Pages 57-74
    4. Michelle Wallace, Neroli Sheldon
      Pages 113-129
  4. Human Capability and Capacity Building

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Andrew Sense, Senevi Kiridena
      Pages 153-171
    3. Liza O’Moore, Lesley Jolly, Lydia Kavanagh
      Pages 173-192
    4. Tom Stehlik, Tom Short, Janene Piip
      Pages 193-211
    5. Janene Piip, Roger Harris
      Pages 213-231
    6. John Benseman
      Pages 233-250
  5. Innovations in Learning and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Roslyn Cameron, Mehdi Ebrahimi
      Pages 253-268
    3. Kristal Reynolds, Karen Becker, Julie Fleming
      Pages 269-282
    4. Lydia Kavanagh, Lesley Jolly, Liza O’Moore, Gregory Tibbits
      Pages 283-299
  6. Looking Forward: Changing Perceptions and Possibilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Michele Simons
      Pages 317-327
    3. Jim Stewart, Sally Sambrook
      Pages 329-349
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 373-387

About this book


This book captures the essence of current workforce development perspectives and draws on extensive global research to uncover a range of issues confronting organisations. Taking primarily an Australian outlook after the global financial crisis and tracing the progress of a national industry sector, each chapter delves into a major area of interest for leaders. Overall, the authors make the case that workforce development is an amalgam of activities influenced by context, politics and economic development.

As the world becomes increasingly connected and mobile, workforce development is proving to be a major activity for organisations because it impacts their longer-term survival and growth. To stay ahead, successful organisations focus on attracting, building, engaging and retaining talented people. However, in a financially turbulent era where strategy changes quickly, workforce development must not only plan and build the capabilities of people at work, but also contribute to making employment more socially sustainable for a better world.

This book provides a thought-provoking collection of scholarly work for business leaders, human resource practitioners and academics working in adult education, business, psychology and social science disciplines. At the same time, it adopts an accessible style for students and others who want to know more about the development of people at work.


Career planning Critical management studies HRD HRM Human resource management Learning and development human resource development vocational education workforce development workplace coaching workplace learning workplace mentoring

Editors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-981-4560-57-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-4560-58-0
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