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

Ramudu Bhanugopan, Ying Wang, Pamela Lockhart, Mark Farrell

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1689-1716
Number of pages28
JournalPersonnel Review
Volume46
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2017

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