Recruitments in Finnish universities : practicing strategic or pathetic HRM?
Siekkinen, T., Pekkola, E., & Kivistö, J. (2016). Recruitments in Finnish universities : practicing strategic or pathetic HRM?. Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, 2(2-3), Article 32316. https://doi.org/10.3402/nstep.v2.32316
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Recruitment is a core instrument in the academic labour market. This article takes the perspective of the organisation here, the university on recruitment. Universities’ personnel policies and practises are shifting from legally oriented personnel administration to more strategic human resource management (HRM). In Nordic countries, this shift is partly driven by the changing status of higher education institutions from state-governed bureaus to more autonomous institutions. This article provides insight into this transition, using Finland as a case example of higher education systems that have undergone drastic reform, moving from a civil servant model to autonomous personnel policy. Data were collected in 2015 for the Evaluation of the Four-Stage Career Model in Finnish Universities project. Based on the analysis of the evaluation data, it can be concluded that, despite the legal reform, old practices continue to matter in the personnel policies and management of universities. Permanent positions (formerly public posts) and the funding sources for academic work still define the nature of the HRM practices aimed towards individuals in the new universities. Some groups might call these HRM practices strategic, while for others, the better word would be pathetic. ...
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