Modelling competences and anticipating the future competence needs in the forest sector

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Rekola, Mika
Nippala, Jaakko
Tynjala, Paivi
Virtanen, Anne V
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2018
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This explorative study examined practices of competence modelling in the forest sector organisations and how organisations anticipate changes in competence needs in the future. Semi-structured in-depth interviews (n=10) were conducted amongst forest sector experts in Finland and data was analysed by thematic analysis. The findings showed that the practices of modelling competences were diverse, most frequently used ones being superior-subordinate review discussions and quantitative competence surveys. In addition to these formal systems, informal modelling, especially on the team level and in smaller companies was also frequent. Organisations used competence modelling for several human resources functions, such as appraisal, motivation and promotion of employees. Surprisingly hiring and compensation functions were not mentioned. Perceptions related to competence modelling were generally speaking positive. The most important challenges were the lack of further actions and sometimes the extraordinary burden to the employees. When anticipating the future, the experts interviewed mentioned several commonly recognised trends, e.g., development of information technology, fragmentation of working life and structural changes in labour markets. All these require more generic competences related to information processing and personal self-management, especially respondents highlighted the importance of self-awareness skills. It is concluded that several useful practices for competence modelling already exist and that present study provides a basis for further quantitative further study.

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Silva Fennica
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52
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3
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Forestry sciences
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Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Forestry
competence modelling
human resources
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Rekola, M; Nippala, J; Tynjala, P; Virtanen, AV, Modelling competences and anticipating the future competence needs in the forest sector, Silva Fennica, 2018, 52 (3), pp. 9983:1-9983:19
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