The Personnel Function in The Colleges of Further Education.

  • Tyrone Rich

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The thesis examines the evolution of the approach to staff management in colleges of further education, and the implications of current pressures upon them for the further development of this management function.

    It recognizes that the traditional approach to the management of staff is based upon the presumption that staff have only to be recruited and selected to ensure that effective management occurs. This approach underplays the importance
    of personnel management in a labour intensive industry.

    It seeks to establish the likely directions of future development of the staff management function in F.E. colleges, in the context of governmental and market-induced pressures upon them. It uses the models of personnel management and human resource management, as developed in the literature (itself based largely on experience in industro-commercial organisations), to guide this part of the analysis, taking into account the similarities and
    differences in the nature of the the two types of organisation.

    The thesis concludes that colleges are likely to find it increasingly imperative to develop more deliberate personnel policies and practices and to integrate them more closely with objectives and strategies. To this extent, and in this context, the model of strategic human resource management is considered to offer more guidance to F.E. college managements on how they might proceed in the emergent environment.
    Date of AwardNov 1989
    Original languageEnglish


    • human resource management , Further education

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