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Attitudes towards Workplace Change in the Australian Higher Education Sector: a tale of divergence and a case for reform

Van Gramberg, Bernadine and Weller, Stephen Adrian (2007) Attitudes towards Workplace Change in the Australian Higher Education Sector: a tale of divergence and a case for reform. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 32 (2). pp. 53-68. ISSN 1176-4716

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Abstract

This paper reports on the findings of a survey that explored staff perceptions of change management in Australian universities with a view to gauging the effectiveness of workplacechange provisions in Higher Education enterprise agreements. The survey examined academic and general staff perceptions of the effectiveness of change management methods, the effectiveness of employee involvement in workplace change and the fairness of workplace change. The findings of the research demonstrate a clear divergence in the perceptions of management and union representatives on workplace change and highlight the limitations of existing processes to meet the expectations and demands of these key sector participants. The paper concludes that the desire by management for a greater ability to facilitate workplace change and by unions to foster a greater sense of employee involvement demonstrate the need for reform of the workplace change provisions within the Australian Higher Education Sector.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID14202, staff perceptions, change management, Australian universities, workplace change provisions, Higher Education enterprise agreements, employee involvement, fairness, management, union representatives, key sector participants
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for International Corporate Governance Research
FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 11 May 2012 01:36
Last Modified: 11 May 2012 01:36
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3429
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