Workforce-related risks in projects with a contingent workforce

Becker, Karen & Smidt, Michelle (2015) Workforce-related risks in projects with a contingent workforce. International Journal of Project Management, 33(4), pp. 889-900.

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Abstract

Our research examined how projects can draw together the fields of human resource management (HRM) and risk management (RM) to consider workforce-related risks on projects; particularly those with a large contingent workforce. It is argued that RM frameworks could be enhanced by a more comprehensive understanding of the specific potential non-technical “people risks” in projects. The study focussed on the Oil and Gas industry and undertook interviews with experts in the field. The findings are considered within the framework of key HRM areas; Management Practices, General Employment Practices, Staffing, HR Development, and Compensation and Benefits, along with Project Completion. Drawing together RM and HRM in a project environment, our research provides a unique opportunity to identify critical workforce-related risks. Such identification is the first step towards a more comprehensive approach to risk assessment and planning for mitigation of such risks in projects.

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ID Code: 79102
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Risk Management, HRM, Workforce-related Risk, Contract Workers, Project Risk, Non-technical Risk, Risk Identification
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.10.014
ISSN: 0263-7863
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2014 22:23
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2015 23:19

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