Relating the Tertiary Curriculum to Reality in the Workplace

By Andries J. Du Plessis, Ravi Bhat and Kathryn Williams.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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As time progresses societies’ needs and ideas change and evolve. The areas considered in this article relate to academic research, curriculum and theory development, the reality of the role that employees play in an organisation with the increased use of outsourcing of certain jobs and the so-called devolving part of the function of the future human resource manager. The curriculum itself is an area of interest, since what the students are taught today impacts on business in later years when they have power to make decisions. Business owners need a knowledge base in the future from which to draw; research is showing areas that managers and academics believe that must be included in the curriculum. Academic research is always going to be an important area for tertiary education. The future of businesses and managers is dependent on having lecturers now who are knowledgeable in their field and skilled in teaching. There is a need for an expanded curriculum both at the undergraduate- and Masters Programmes to ensure that all possible fields in business and other disciplines are covered. Greater recognition is necessary for teaching abilities and its value in the academic world in order to effectively develop both the profession and that of students’ knowledge, skills and competencies in the future. Suggestions are provided for possible improvements in the tertiary curriculum to have skilled and knowledgeable students as future employees in the workplace who add value to their organisation.

Keywords: Curriculum, Academic Research, Students, Future Employees

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.93-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 550.752KB).

Dr. Andries J. Du Plessis

Senior Lecturer, Unitec Business School, Unitec New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand

Senior Lecturer in under- and postgraduate programmes in Unitec Business School. Lecturing HRM, Strategic HRM, Employment Relations (ER), Strategy and Change, Organisation and Management. Joined Unitec 8 May 2002 in the School of Management and Entrepreneurship. PhD major in Employment Relations and Employment Law (dispute resolution mechanisms). Twenty eight years experience in practice in HR, ER, dispute resolution and negotiations. Research interests in Organisational Development, Change Management, Cultural differences,IHRM Diverse Workforces and the managing thereof.

Ravi Bhat

Lecturer, Unitec Business Schoool, Unitec New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand

Ravi teaches mainly in the area of international and services marketing and has obtained his MBA from New York. He worked for many years with Multinationals in the US, in a managerial capacity, in the area of international finance and marketing. Ravi’s areas of research interest include Global & Regional Differences in Business Culture Relationship Building and Values, Entrepreneurship and Franchising, Teaching/Learning Strategies for international students in Business and Entrepreneurship programs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a marketing strategy. Ravi consults with NZ businesses that require new market development overseas for both products and professional services.

Kathryn Williams

Accounts Supervisor, Imports and Exports, International Freight, Auckland, New Zealand

Extensive practice experience in the Accounts and Administration department as supervisor. Working part time in the Export and Import department of International Freight at Auckland Airport, to complete full time studies. Full time student in final year of the BBus degree at Unitec New Zealand. Research interest is in the Human Resources and Tertiary Education fields.


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