Perceived career management challenges of academics at a South African university

SA Journal of Human Resource Management


 
 
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Title Perceived career management challenges of academics at a South African university
 
Creator Barnes, Nina du Plessis, Marieta Frantz, José
 
Subject — career management; academic career challenges; higher education; systems-thinking framework; career development
Description Orientation: Understanding academic career challenges is important at a national and global level, to support academic career progression. Whilst challenges are identified in academic career literature, higher education institutions are identified as complex interdependent structures and, therefore, encouraged to be studied from a perspective of interdependency and complexity.Research purpose: To explore and describe the perceived career management challenges of academics at a South African university.Motivation for the study: To address the need for an integrated approach, from an individual and organisational perspective, through a systems-thinking framework (STF), which acknowledges academic career progression as an interdependent and complex system.Research approach/design and method: A qualitative, phenomenological approach, through individual semi-structured interviews with 17 academics, across all career phases.Main findings: The study confirmed typical challenges captured in literature, and identified a number of additional challenges, through a systems thinking approach, as perceived by academics in all career phases. Challenges were identified at individual, departmental, organisational and societal levels. Personality; holistic well-being; team dynamic; institutional culture; role transition; institutional strategies, policies, systems and support, interpersonal/peer support; social culture in which university is located; regulatory bodies; and external stakeholders are new contributions to the existing literature/knowledge.Contribution/value-add: An understanding of career management challenges, as perceived by academics, for the purpose of strategy development. In addition, - to provide leaders and talent management practitioners in the higher education sector with the components to consider, through a systems thinking approach, when reproducing contextually sensitive maps and negotiating the landscape for academic career success.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor Academic Doctorate Advancement Programme Towards Transformation (ADAPTT)
Date 2021-04-22
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative, phenomenological approach, through individual semi-structured interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v19i0.1515
 
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 19 (2021); 13 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/1515/2429 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/1515/2428 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/1515/2430 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/1515/2427
 
Coverage — — Gender; Ethnicity
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