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The Case Study
External factors led to a decrease in international students.Change in applications for certain areas led to over-staffing.A university needed to downsize staff, however they ended up losing some valuable staff.Downsizing caused a fall in productivity & creativity and created a negative attitude from staff and students.
The Questions
1. What are the external factors that are affecting the labour profile needed by the university
2. Identify possible ways that the HR planning function within the university decision makers.3. Given the information in this case, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the downsizing of stagg numbers at the universityDownsizing
The elimination of a large number of employees which is implemented to enhance the organisations effectiveness.
The Statistics
Increase in Applications:
Dentistry: 502%
Nursing: 111%
Medicine: 65%
Natural & Physical Sciences: 38.2%
Engineering: 38%Decrease in Applications:
IT: 61%
Management & Commerce: 15%
Agriculture: 18%External Factors
Legal FactorsPolitical FactorsEconomic FactorsSocial FactorsTechnological FactorsCompetition
Universities Labour Profile
External Factors Affecting the Labour Profile
HR Planning Function
Possible Options
Advantages of Downsizing
Financial SavingsImproves EfficiencyLoyalty & TeamworkCommunication ChannelsVice Chancellor Gets More ControlSimplified Organisational StructureTraining & Development Opportunities
Disadvantages of Downsizing
Staff StressNegative PublicityFewer Available PositionsLoss of Workers > Insecure StaffPotential Staffing Issue: Being Under-StaffedDecrease in Productivity, Creativity and Job SatisfactionDecision-Making & Employer-Employee Relationship Affected
Question Time
What is one of the external factorsAnswer
Legal Factors, 
Political Factors, 
Economic Factors, 

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