Learning and adapting for organisational change: Researching union education in Australia

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dc.contributor.author Brown, T
dc.contributor.author Yasukawa, K
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T06:25:41Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03
dc.identifier.citation Studies in Continuing Education, 2010, 32 (1), pp. 61 - 71
dc.identifier.issn 0158-037X
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/13889
dc.description.abstract The last quarter century saw a restructuring of employment, production and trade and a dramatic decline in union membership and density levels. There are many explanations for this, including the hostile industrial relations framework imposed by many governments, but there have been other factors such as the growth of new non-unionised industries that often rely on casualised labour; new attitudes to unions by younger workers; a political/cultural decline in the workers' movement under neo-liberalism; and an inability by many unions to adapt to these changes. Now dramatic economic changes arising from the global financial crisis that will see increased unemployment and further industry restructuring, along with the restructuring and re-skilling implications of climate change, pose new challenges for trade unions. Drawing on research with senior Australian union officials about the movement's education and training activities this paper considers the relevance of the adaptive systems literature for understanding the operational environments facing unions as they become larger more complex organisations. It considers the existing suite of education activities with reference to Illeris' tension field and the literature of union renewal that emphasises the need to develop new solidarities and therefore a broader conception of education, learning and development. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1080/01580370903537911
dc.title Learning and adapting for organisational change: Researching union education in Australia
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Studies in Continuing Education
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 32
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 61 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 71 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1301 Education Systems
dc.personcode 930312
dc.personcode 960524
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Education Systems en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords organisational adaptability; organisational learning; union education; union renewal en_US
dc.description.keywords organisational adaptability
dc.description.keywords organisational learning
dc.description.keywords union education
dc.description.keywords union renewal
dc.description.keywords Organisational adaptability
dc.description.keywords Organisational learning
dc.description.keywords Union education
dc.description.keywords Union renewal
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Research in Learning and Change
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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