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International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management (IJHRDM)

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  • Setting the stage for a contextual leadership theory: The moderating effects of hierarchical levels, job experience, and organisational tenure   Order a copy of this article
    by Teresa C. Lacerda 
    Abstract: Previous research on the impact of top-down leadership and levels of experience and tenure on organisational effectiveness is still controversial. This paper fills this gap in the literature by investigating whether dimensions of leadership influence organisational effectiveness, and by understanding and clarifying how organisational effectiveness is moderated by leader hierarchical level, job experience, and organisational tenure. Using a quantitative approach, we collected 381 questionnaires from two different samples targeting corporate leaders to capture their self-perceptions on leadership effectiveness. Results show that the impact of effective leadership behaviours on organisational effectiveness is moderated by these contextual variables. These findings contribute to advancing the previous debate on the effects of contextual factors where leadership effectiveness plays a key role in organisational effectiveness, and adds to the extant research by clarifying which combination of leadership behaviours is exhibited by the different levels.
    Keywords: Organisational Effectiveness; Leadership Behaviours; Leader Hierarchical Level; Job Experience; Organisational Tenure; Contextual Factors; Contextual Leadership Theory; Human Capital Theory; Workplace Learning Theory.

  • Graduate Employability and Skill Gap: Relationships of Vocational Training and Machinery/Equipment in an Effective New Business Start-Up   Order a copy of this article
    by MUHAMMAD ADAMU, Mahani Mohammad Abdu Shakur 
    Abstract: This research aims to examine the role that vocational training and use of relevant machinery/equipment perform in supplementing the entrepreneurial behavior and motivation of potential entrepreneurs in a new business start-up. Quantitative technique approach was employed in this research. Questionnaires were distributed and primary data were collected for the study through a cross-sectional survey approach. PLS-SEM was used to analyze the data, and the study findings suggested that the independent variables namely; vocational training and machinery/equipment significantly influences self-employment. Such skills are occupational skills (such as in carpentry & joinery, welding & fabrication, computer maintenance, animal husbandry etc.) that are gained through vocational training with effective use of machinery/equipment by the potential entrepreneurs. Furthermore, this study theoretically incorporates two theories (i.e., the economic entrepreneurship theory and the vroom expectancy motivation theory) especially in developing the conceptual framework for the study. Merging the selected theories to develop the research framework uncovered the novelty of this study. Furthermore, value added to self-employment literature by exploring the under-researched factors of self-employment determinants in the Nigeria context. The results confirm and suggest that vocational training applied through the necessary machinery/equipment (such as in carpentry & joinery, welding & fabrication, computer maintenance, animal husbandry etc.) has a significant impact in potential entrepreneurs preparedness and motivation in self employment start-up.
    Keywords: Keywords: vocational training; machinery/equipment; employability; skill; potential entrepreneurs; self-employment (new business start-up).

  • Advanced technology in modern SMEs: The intelligent HRM Perspective   Order a copy of this article
    by Orhan Yabanci 
    Abstract: SMEs play a major role in the local and global markets and are one of the critical catalysts for a strong global economy. However, due to their limited capacities compared to larger firms, SMEs confront many problems when entering and competing in the local and global markets. Some of these problems that distract SMEs from the competitive markets revolve around human resources and digitalization. Many SMEs lack strong HR patterns and the effective use of ICT, specifically for their management processes workwise. Therefore, this paper aims to focus on the digitalization issue pertinent to the HRM process in SMEs. The paper initially describes the technological dimension of HRM and concentrates on AI-powered computer systems, which are one of the latest technological advances in the field. Then, it specifically seeks to discuss the adoption of these systems and identify their potential in conducting HRM-related activities in SMEs.
    Keywords: SMEs; Human Resources; HRM process; HRISs; i-HRM; ICT; Artificial intelligence; AI-powered computer systems; cognitive computing.

  • Teacher autonomy for professional development at work: A longitudinal study   Order a copy of this article
    by Arnoud Evers, Peter Verboon, Joris Van Ruysseveldt, Marjan Vermeulen, Karel Kreijns 
    Abstract: Teacher autonomy is essential for professional development at work but is at risk. This article reports on a study of structural school factors affecting teachers autonomous behaviour. A three-wave longitudinal design was used, as opposed to the cross-sectional studies so often reported in the literature. Using a sample of 580 primary, secondary, and vocational teachers, analyses showed that teachers autonomous behaviour predicted professional development at work. Analyses also showed that the structural school factor empowering teachers contributed to teachers autonomous behaviour and subsequently professional development at work. Trust as an empowering element could be enhanced by dialogues with teachers about education. Analyses further demonstrated that the structural school factor decentralisation of responsibilities to teacher teams also contributed to teachers autonomous behaviour and subsequently professional development at work. These findings underscore school leaders key role in shaping a thriving work environment.
    Keywords: Teachers’ autonomous behaviour; Teacher autonomy; Structural school factors; Empowering teachers; Decentralisation; Professional development at work; Longitudinal study; Structural Equation Modelling; Primary education; Secondary education; Vocational education.