Title: An appraisal of the impact of organisational career management practices across generations from a Malaysian oil and gas industry perspective

Authors: Maniam Kaliannan; Choy May Yi; Patricia Ordonez De Pablos

Addresses: School of Business, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Malaysia ' School of Business, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Malaysia ' The University of Oviedo, Spain

Abstract: Managing a multigenerational workforce requires just as much science as there is to art. Generations are moulded by a set of experiences that are unique to each, thereby the differences in preferences and expectations. Consequently, each generation presents different strategic impacts to the organisation. Organisational career management has long been recognised as an important and prominent component of strategic human resource management. This study therefore seeks to assess the present state of organisational career management practices (CMP) within the oil and gas industry in Malaysia to identify patterns that may exist across generations and determine the influence of CMP on behavioural outcomes such as organisational commitment. It looks into two hypothesis; the first proposing that a distinct trend is present across the three generations' perceptions of CMP where Baby Boomers and Gen Y will be at opposite ends of agreement and Gen X in between, signifying the effect of the generational gap; and the second proposing a correlation between career management and organisational commitment. An online survey was conducted involving 37 respondents to gather data to test out the two hypotheses.

Keywords: multigenerational workforce; career management practices; CMP; organisational performance; strategic HRM; human resource management; generational impact; Malaysia; oil and gas industry; behavioural outcomes; employee commitment; generation gap.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2016.079359

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2016 Vol.13 No.4, pp.361 - 375

Received: 12 May 2015
Accepted: 22 Jan 2016

Published online: 27 Sep 2016 *

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