The Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training

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David Finegold, Christopher Warhurst
Oxford University Press, 2017 - Occupational training - 737 pages
Skills and workforce development are at the heart of much research on work, employment, and management. But are they so important? To what extent can they make a difference for individuals, organizations, and nations? How are the supply and, more importantly, the utilization of skill, currently evolving? What are the key factors shaping skills trajectories of the future?

This Handbook provides an authoritative consideration of issues such as these. It does so by drawing on experts in a wide range of disciplines including sociology, economics, labour/industrial relations, human resource management, education, and geography. The Handbook is relevant for all with an interest in the changing nature - and future - of work, employment, and management. It draws on the latest scholarly insights to shed new light on all the major issues concerning skills and training today. While written primarily by leading scholars in the field, it is equally relevant to policy makers and practitioners responsible for shaping the development of human capability today and into the future.


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Multiple Targets Shifting Terrain
Section I Concepts Definitions and Measurements of Skill
Section II Education Training and the Development of Workforce Skills
Section III Skills Demand and Deployment
Section IV Skill Outcomes
The Levels of Determination
The Dynamics of Development in a Global Economy
Section VII Current Challenges
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About the author (2017)

John Buchanan is Professor in the Research Development Unit at the University of Sydney Business School. Until recently his major research interest has been the demise of the classical wage-earner model of employment and the role of the state in nurturing new forms of multi-employercoordination in the labour market. Building on this he is devoting special attention to the evolution of the labour contract, the dynamics of workforce development and the relationship between work and health. He is especially interested in building cross disciplinary research teams to examinethese issues. His most recent co-edited book is Inclusive Growth in Australia: Social Policy as Economic Investment (2013).David Finegold is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University and is the founding Chief Academic Officer for American Honors. He is a leading international expert on skill development systems and their relationship to the changing world of work and economic performance.Ken Mayhew is Emeritus Professor of Education and Economic Performance, at Oxford University, Emeritus Fellow in Economics at Pembroke College Oxford, Extraordinary Professor at Maastricht University and a member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body. He was founding director of SKOPE, an ESRCresearch centre on skills, knowledge and organizational performance. He has published widely in labour economics and policy analysis, and advised many private and public sector organisations at home and abroad.Chris Warhurst PhD is Professor and Director of the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick in the UK, a Trustee of the Tavistock Institute in London and a Research Associate of the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) at Oxford University. He haspublished a number of books and articles on skills, including, with colleagues, The Skills that Matter (Palgrave, 2004) and Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? (Palgrave, 2012). He has been expert advisor on skills policy to the UK, Scottish and Australian Governments and an International Expert Adviser to theOECD's LEED programme.

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