ERIC Number: ED458437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Recruiting Middle Management in Industry: What Kinds of Change in France, Germany and the United Kingdom?
Training & Employment, n41 Oct-Dec 2000
Major British, French, and German industrial companies are increasingly recruiting higher education graduates (HEGs) for middle management posts, traditionally filled through promotion of operatives. This new form of recruitment does not occur on the same scale or at the same rate in all the companies using it, and it is closely tied to the different national contexts. In the majority of cases, changes in the forms of access to middle management posts arise in a context of company reorganization with repercussions either directly on the function or jobs filled by middle managers or on the potential breeding ground constituted by the operative category. Companies enjoy a favorable situation in the labor market within their geographic area and pursue these common goals: middle managers with more formalized competencies, younger middle managers for lower salaries, and post downgrading. The British context seems most favorable to recourse to HEGs. Personnel are rapidly replenished because of the extent of external flexibility; declining supply of skilled workers and increasing number of HEGs; and loss of forms of negotiated regulation of the training-employment relationship. The German situation tends to limit massive recourse to HEGs, since a specific qualification corresponds to middle manager posts with an adequate supply of trained individuals. The French situation allows a mixed form of replenishing middle managers that depends on both internal promotion and recruitment of HEGs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Employer Employee Relationship, Foreign Countries, Industrial Structure, Industry, Management Development, Middle Management, Personnel Needs, Personnel Selection, Promotion (Occupational), Recruitment
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Education and Culture.
Authoring Institution: Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Qualifications, Marseilles (France).
Identifiers - Location: France; Germany; United Kingdom (Great Britain)