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Linking Motivation, Satisfaction and Academic Performance of Construction Management Programmes: A Case Study of Malaysia

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Construction management (CM) is the latest entry into the construction sector. The market for construction managers is projected to grow positively in Malaysia because of the high demand for their skills, knowledge and experience. More than 90% of CM graduates are employed within six months after graduation. However, there is a lack of study on the factors leading to the selection of CM programmes and how motivational factors affect students’ behaviour. A survey involving 200 CM students at University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) was conducted to analyses the relationships among motivational factors, students’ satisfaction with their decisions and their academic performance in the CM programme. PLS-SEM was used to develop a relationship model of the motivational factors. A significant association was found between career motivation and students’ choice satisfaction. Students with higher satisfation level with the programme selection, achieved higher academic performance and career motivation is also linked closely to academic performance. Both university and construction sector in Malaysia should emphasise career motivation for marketing, retaining and motivating the CM students. Once students are committed to the CM educational success, they are more likely to persist and succeed in a career in construction.
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Keywords: Decision Making; Education; Malaysia; Motivation; UTAR

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Construction Management, Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology, UniversitiTunku Abdul Rahman, 31900 Perak, Malaysia 2: Department of Physical and Mathematical Science, Faculty of Science, UniversitiTunku Abdul Rahman, 31900 Perak, Malaysia

Publication date: July 1, 2017

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