The Impact of Organisational Career Management on Productivity in North East England MSMEs: The Perception of Managers

Kolawole, Boluwarin Mary (2022) The Impact of Organisational Career Management on Productivity in North East England MSMEs: The Perception of Managers. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.

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This doctoral research investigates the impact of organisational career management on productivity in North East England MSMEs from the perception of both the organisation and managers. The study is underpinned by main theoretical constructs of Two-dimensional Model of Career Management Practices, Career Active System Triad Model and Three- dimensional Factor Structure of Organisational Career System. This research adopts an interpretivist approach using a qualitative research methodology. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 line and senior managers in MSMEs of various industry sectors. An in-depth understanding of organisational career management across organisations in different MSMEs industries enriched the data. Rather than obtaining data from a single industry, this study provides a rich mixture of insights from MSMEs in different industries operating at varied organisational capacities. Data generated from the interview transcripts were subject to template analysis.
The key findings of the study are: a) organisational career management as an entity does not directly improve productivity; however, the dimensions of career development and career progression impacted productivity directly; and b) training and development were widely engaged across the MSMEs and they emerged among the primary drivers of productivity. Based on the research findings and empirics of the study; this research makes novel theoretical and practical contributions to literature by developing an advanced organisational career and development system which integrates vital HR functions and cuts across organisational boundaries in MSMEs. In addition, the study develops a productivity framework which captures major drivers of productivity in MSMEs. The managerial implications of the study findings are that MSMEs should invest more in learning, training and development activities and focus on creating a friendly and positive organisation culture. The study findings present current management practices existing in MSMEs, and with these findings MSMEs practioners can make informed decisions regarding creating policies favourable to MSMEs growth and productivity.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: MSMEs, Human Resource, Organisational Career Management, Productivity
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2023 08:16
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2023 08:30

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