An analysis of recruitment, training and retention practices in domestic and multinational enterprises in the country of Brunei Darussalam

Mohamed, A Fattaah and Singh, Satwinder and Irani, Zahir and Darwish, Tamer K (2013) An analysis of recruitment, training and retention practices in domestic and multinational enterprises in the country of Brunei Darussalam. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24 (10). pp. 2054-2081. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

This paper studies the behavioural differences in the recruitment, training and retention practices of domestic (DEs) versus multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the country of Brunei Darussalam. Hypotheses from literature survey predict MNEs to be more stringent in their recruitment and training and rigorous with promotion practices. Results show this is to be largely true. MNEs are found to be more rigorous in recruitment and place more emphasis on such traits as candidates’ ‘devotion to task’, ‘self-motivation’, and ‘independent judgment’. DEs rely more on internal appointments than external. MNEs place more emphasis on training; they also emphasise a stronger work culture by relying on ‘induction by socialisation’, and ‘buddy system for mentoring’. When analysed by age, older firms were found to place more importance on language and commitment. They also rely on training via the buddy system and on external appointments for senior posts. Large firms place emphasis on employees’ willingness to travel and work experience in other countries as the main recruitment criteria. Large firms also believe in external appointments for senior positions. The study which is one of few of its kind conducted in non-western environment, and the only one in the context of Brunei, adds to our understanding of HR practices in the context of two different genres of enterprises and has implications for future research.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Recruitment, training, retention, domestic enterprises, multinational enterprises,t-test.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5549 Personnel management. Employment management
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Tamer Darwish
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 15:19
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2016 12:19
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2990

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