Managerial skills shortages and the impending effects of organizational characteristics: Evidence from China

Bhanugopan, R, Wang, Y, Lockheart, P and Farrell, M 2017, 'Managerial skills shortages and the impending effects of organizational characteristics: Evidence from China', Personnel Review, vol. 46, no. 8, pp. 1689-1716.


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Title Managerial skills shortages and the impending effects of organizational characteristics: Evidence from China
Author(s) Bhanugopan, R
Wang, Y
Lockheart, P
Farrell, M
Year 2017
Journal name Personnel Review
Volume number 46
Issue number 8
Start page 1689
End page 1716
Total pages 28
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the perception of skills shortages, namely, skills scarcity and skills deficiencies among managers, and its relationship with organizational characteristics. Design/methodology/approach: The study used a quantitative approach and data were collected from 243 managers working in China. Multivariate analysis of variance and box plots were employed for data analysis. Findings: The results revealed that organizational characteristics were found to have a significant positive impact on managers skill levels, and hard-to-fill vacancies caused by skills shortages were found in all types of organizations. Existing and deficient skills were also identified as affecting all organizations. Practical implications: The results suggest that organizations would benefit from the adoption of a system supporting internal retention, training and development and external recruitment to close the skills gaps. Originality/value: This is an empirical study that provides an insight into the skills shortages from a multi-organizational context. It highlights the effects of organizational characteristics in relation to skills shortages and provides a foundation to support the skills needed in the context of national and global organizations.
Subject Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) China
Organizational characteristics
Quantitative
Skills scarcity and deficiency
Skills shortages
DOI - identifier 10.1108/PR-04-2016-0093
Copyright notice © 2017, Emerald Publishing
ISSN 0048-3486
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