Knowledge worker training in Malaysia

Zulkifli, Izyani (2010) Knowledge worker training in Malaysia. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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An increasing number of countries have shifted, or are shifting, towards the knowledge-based economy. For these countries, including Malaysia, the quality of knowledge workers is extremely important in determining the pace and success of such transition. Thus, training is often carried out to improve the skills of knowledge workers at the workplace. But despite its importance, research on knowledge worker training is extremely limited. This study seeks to partially fill this gap in the literature by investigating three aspects of knowledge worker training in Malaysia. Using an online survey, data is collected from a sample of companies and knowledge workers in MSC Malaysia.

In the first part of the study, the role of foreign ownership on the provision of, and participation in training in MSC Malaysia, is examined. Here the questions of whether or not there are any differences between the quantity and quality of training provided by local and foreign MSC-status companies and whether or not there are any differences in training participation between knowledge workers working at both entities are investigated.

After establishing that some variations in training do exist between local and foreign companies in MSC Malaysia, the second part of the study examines in more detail the determinants of training among companies in MSC Malaysia. It particularly investigates the factors that affect the occurrence and magnitude of training by MSC-status companies as a whole

To complement these findings, the final part of the study investigates the impact of training on the knowledge workers’ earnings, productivity and career advancement. Due to the nature of the data set, however, the issue of endogeneity of training and selectivity bias are not addressed in the analyses of wage effects of training while productivity is measured subjectively via the knowledge workers’ perceptions of the effect on ability to perform job tasks. The third analysis on career advancement is further divided into the impacts of training on the knowledge workers’ likelihood of receiving a promotion and searching for a new job.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Morrissey, W.O.
Morgan, C.W.
Duasa, J.
Subjects: H Social sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Economics
Item ID: 11695
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2011 08:20
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 05:53

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