Title: Effective factors for recruitment and retention in Malaysian private universities

Authors: Pradeep Kumar Nair; Hadi Farid

Addresses: School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts, Taylor's University Lakeside Campus, No. 1 Jalan Taylor's, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia ' School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts, Taylor's University Lakeside Campus, No. 1 Jalan Taylor's, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Abstract: The number of private universities has grown rapidly and is considered to be a key component of the Malaysian Higher Educational System, and, accordingly, the recruitment and retention of academic staff has taken on unprecedented importance. This study was designed to examine the recruitment and retention of academic staff at six private universities. The total number of academic staff in the selected universities was found to be 1986 of which 455 participated in this study for the purpose of data analysis. The statistical results suggest there should be a greater focus on the strategies and policies of recruitment and retention of academic staff to overcome the challenges these institutions are facing. This study contributes to the related literature, makes a practical contribution to private universities' leadership strategies and informs and comments on policies which will enable academic talent to succeed.

Keywords: academic staff; higher education; leadership strategies; policymakers; private universities; recruitment factors; retention factors; staff recruitment; staff retention; Malaysia.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2016.079365

International Journal of Management in Education, 2016 Vol.10 No.4, pp.390 - 413

Received: 19 May 2015
Accepted: 02 Feb 2016

Published online: 22 Sep 2016 *

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