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Exploring the antecedents of high mobility among ship officers: empirical evidence from Australia


Caesar, LD and Cahoon, S and Fei, J and Sallah, CA, Exploring the antecedents of high mobility among ship officers: empirical evidence from Australia, Maritime Policy and Management pp. 1-20. ISSN 0308-8839 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03088839.2020.1762012


Since the publication of the first BIMCO/ISF Manpower update in 1990, research on HR issues in the global shipping industry has received increased attention from academics and practitioners. The relatively recent half a decade update which was published in 2015 predicts a potential global shortage of almost 147, 500 ship officers. With high mobility among ship officers to landside jobs emerging as one of the key contributory factors to the shortage, a more profound understanding of the antecedents of this ship-to-shore career movement is needed. Questionnaires were sent via web-based survey to 305 ship officers within the Australian shipping industry; with 198 responses received. The empirical results showed the factors that predict turnover among ship officers as organisational, extrinsic, personal and industry issues. Personal issues such as separation from family and home are the key reasons for the increased movement to shore-side jobs among ship officers. Further, a complex web of unaddressed retention issues may coerce officers to quite working onboard ships.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:shipping industry, ship officers, retention, seafarers, turnover decisions
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Caesar, LD (Mr Divine Caesar)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Associate Professor Stephen Cahoon)
UTAS Author:Fei, J (Associate Professor Jiangang Fei)
ID Code:139109
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2020-05-26
Last Modified:2021-07-05

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