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The relationship between time of founding and the composition of the workforce in Australian workplaces

Reed, Ken and Blunsdon, Betsy 2002, The relationship between time of founding and the composition of the workforce in Australian workplaces, Labour & industry, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 73-89.

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Title The relationship between time of founding and the composition of the workforce in Australian workplaces
Author(s) Reed, Ken
Blunsdon, Betsy
Journal name Labour & industry
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 73
End page 89
Publisher RMIT, Centre for Workplace Culture Change
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2002-08
ISSN 1030-1763
Summary This paper presents the results of an analysis of the relationship between organisational age and two specific aspects of labour flexibility-numerical
flexibility and workforce skill composition (as one facet of functional flexibility)that extends earlier work in two ways. First, it uses data from a large-scale national survey (the Australian Workplace Industrial Relations Survey [AWIRS)1995). Second. it focuses on two widely studied facets of labour flexibility, numerical flexibility and functional flexibility. Previous research has investigated the relationship between organisational age and aspects of organisation such as strategy and structure (Baum and Oliver, 1991; Henderson, 1999; Reed and Blunsdon, 1998). Henderson (1999) found that age effects were contingent on different organisational strategies and process. Reed and Blunsdon (1998) found that organisational maturity is associated with goal directed, or strategic flexibility characterised by low levels of formal rules and regulations but clarity a/purpose. But a more complex relationship was also identified - for example; very young organisations (founded in the 1990,) appear to have higher levels of formalisation at founding than organisations established in earlier periods. This paper investigates these questions further. The results show that the relationship between age; numerical flexibility and workforce skill composition is non-linear, but the data do not make it possible to separate age effects associated with aging, time of founding and changing environmental conditions.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, RMIT, Centre for Workplace Culture Change
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001450

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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