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Technical training in the MNCs in Malaysia: a case study analysis of the petrochemical industry

Wan Hooi, Lai (2010) Technical training in the MNCs in Malaysia: a case study analysis of the petrochemical industry. Journal of European Industrial Training, 34 (4). 317 - 343. ISSN 0309-0590

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/03090591011039072

Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to gain insight into some of the types of training and development practices that are carried out in the chemical industry for technical workers. A salient focus of the study is to make a comparative analysis of four MNCs, which were selected based on equity ownership, to ascertain whether T&D practices are similar regardless of equity ownership. Design/methodology/approach – Specifically, four MNCs in the chemical industry were analysed to ascertain the types and intensity of T&D practices in these MNCs in Malaysia. In-depth interviews were conducted with some of the HR practitioners in each organisation. Findings – Regardless of ownership, T&D practices of technical workers in the chemical industry in Malaysia are rather similar, though it differs in terms of intensity. On the whole, European MNCs place more importance on T&D, but it cannot be concluded that European-owned MNCs have better T&D practices than Asian-owned MNCs. Research limitations/implications – Similar research could be conducted on a larger sample, incorporating MNCs of different equity ownership to determine how T&D policies of globalised MNCs affect employee performance. Further research could be extended to different regions and sectors. Practical implications – It provides an insight of desirable T&D practices that HR practitioners could develop to create competitive advantage through their human resources. Originality/value – In addition to identifying the relevant T&D practices, commentary is provided of current knowledge in terms of best T&D practices that could be emulated by local organisations as well as other institutions in the Asia Pacific region.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:individual development, Malaysia, multinational companies, petrochemical industry, technical training, training
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:26678
Deposited By: Liza Porijo
Deposited On:18 Jul 2012 04:03
Last Modified:06 Aug 2012 08:30

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