Sunday, 4 March 2012

Global aviation human resource management

Global aviation human resource management: contemporary recruitment and selection and diversity and equal opportunity practices

The commercial airline is an extremely competitive, safety-sensitive, high technology service industry. People, employees and customers, not products and machines, must be the arena of an organisation’s core competence. The implications are vast and pervasive affecting no less than the organisation’s structure, strategy, culture, and numerous operational activities.

Completed by 13 respondents (executives), this audit presents a series of select findings of a human resource management audit carried out in 2001-2 and contains extensive data on airlines from nine countries from around the globe. The conclusion drawn from these three bodies of work is that, with the exception of a handful of high performing airlines, the industry as awhole continues to function as per a traditional, top-down, highly divisionalised, industrial model of operations and governance.

This model is manifestly inappropriate in such a highly knowledge-based service market as the airline industry. HRM expertise in general and recruitment and selection as well diversity and equal opportunity in particular are required now, more than ever, to spearhead the strategic development of a customer-centric, learning-oriented workforce that is capable of adapting quickly to the strategic goals and change imperatives facing the airline industry.

Aircraft industry, Airlines, Human resource management

Er Reema Chordiya [ BE, MBA ]  
Manager HR
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