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Framework of human resource planning (HRP) influencing factors for local workforce supply in Malaysian construction industry

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Abstract:

Purpose ‐ Human resource planning (HRP) is important during workforce supply to help organizations appoint the right people in the right job. However, few studies have considered the role of HRP practices for local workforce supply in the Malaysian construction industry. The purpose of this paper is to identify the implementation of HRP and framework development of HRP influencing factors for local workforce supply in the Malaysian construction industry. Design/methodology/approach ‐ A mixed method was adopted to interpret the data of semi-structured interviews and questionnaire survey. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten interviewees from government and non-government organizations. Questionnaires were distributed to a random selection of contractors in the urban areas of Malaysia. The data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) and the Matrix Table. Findings ‐ The findings revealed that economic changes were dominant HRP influencing factors. Only organization strategy; nature of work; economic changes; and demographic (social) changes are significant HRP influencing factors for local workforce supply in the Malaysian construction industry. Research limitations/implications ‐ Future research should try to adapt the HRP framework in the suitable HRP model to explain the HRP practices in construction organization. Originality/value ‐ The paper offers insight into HRP implementation in construction firms and HRP influencing factors for local workforce supply, focusing on the construction industry in Malaysia.

Keywords: Construction industry; Human resource planning; Influencing factors; Labour market; Local workforce; Malaysia; Workforce planning

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/17468771211242863

Publication date: 2012-05-25

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