The relationship between graduate development programs and organisational commitment in the construction industry

Gilbert, G 2015, 'The relationship between graduate development programs and organisational commitment in the construction industry', in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe (UFHRD 2015), Cork, Ireland, 3-5 June 2015, pp. 1-28.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title The relationship between graduate development programs and organisational commitment in the construction industry
Author(s) Gilbert, G
Year 2015
Conference name UFHRD 2015: Towards Evidence Based HRD Practice: Bridging the Gap
Conference location Cork, Ireland
Conference dates 3-5 June 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe (UFHRD 2015)
Publisher Newcastle Business School
Place of publication Nottingham, United Kingdom
Start page 1
End page 28
Total pages 28
Abstract Sequential mixed methods research was conducted to evaluate the success of graduate development programs implemented by construction organisations. The current paper reports on the second phase of the investigation which presents the likelihood of retention in the organisation as a result of experiencing a GDP. Methodology Semi-structured interviews of graduates and HR managers identified implemented developmental activities at the same time as quantitative measurement of commitment using the Three Components Model of commitment tool. The overall results show no statistically significant increase in any form of commitment as a result of participating in a GDP. However results reveal a "trend in the right direction": higher affective and normative commitment and lower continuance commitment where GDPs are implemented. Detailed analysis shows job rotation and attending more than one interview were associated with desirable outcomes. Implications These results are important because GDPs and their benefits might be perceived as a privilege associated with large employers; in reality, multiple interviews during recruitment and job rotation can both be implemented by all construction organisations, regardless of size. All construction organisations should be encouraged to implement carefully designed development programs.
Subjects Human Resources Management
Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Graduate
development
commitment
construction
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