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Competing for the Best and Brightest: Recruitment and Retention in the Australian Defence Force

Thomas, Keith and Bell, Steve (2007) Competing for the Best and Brightest: Recruitment and Retention in the Australian Defence Force. Security Challenges, 3 (1). pp. 97-118. ISSN 1833-1459

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Abstract

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is facing considerable personnel challenges, as recognised in the Australian Defence White Paper 2000 and confirmed in two recent Personnel Environment Scans (2001, 2003). With a diminishing recruitment base of young Australians, the ADF will need to compete harder for high quality, skilled employees. This article examines the ADF’s human resource management strategies and practices in the light of research related to workplace attitudes and the relationship between selection standards and training in terms of the concepts of organisational fit, psychological contract and organisational commitment. The aim is to help the ADF achieve competitive advantage—a superior position in the marketplace relative to labour-market competitors—in a complex labour market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23040, Australian Defence Force, human resource management, recruitment, retention, competitive advantage
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2012 04:53
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2012 04:53
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8919
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