JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Managing Supersession in the Armed Forces: An HRM Approach

Air Commodore Suryakant Bal, AVSM (Retd.) is a noted defence analyst. Currently, he teaches management in Business Schools in Pune, and Russian at the University of Pune, India.
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  • October 2010
    Volume: 
    4
    Issue: 
    4
    Perspectives

    Supersession is too important an aspect of organizational existence to be dismissed lightly. It is a situation to be managed jointly by the organization and affected individual with the clear understanding that organizational interests are overriding. The Human Resources Management (HRM) approach aims to ensure that staffing manning of an organization effectively meets the quantitative and qualitative aspects at all times to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. An important element of HRM is Human Resource Planning (HRP). This calls for long-term manpower projections based on which intake would be determined. This paper makes attempt to identify key issues using the ‘HRM approach’ in managing supersession. While staking no claim to provide definitive answers (a rather tall expectation) the endeavour has been to highlight an approach within the framework of contemporary motivational theories.

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