The Relationship between Human Resource Practices and Employees’ Commitment to Change in Malaysia Higher Education

By May-Chiun Lo, Mung Ling Voon and T. Ramayah.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Extensive researches are available in the organizational behaviour literature investigating the process of Human Resources (HR) practices and commitment to change. But the two constructs—HR practices and commitment to change seems to have been examined almost independently. This is particularly true in the Malaysian context as researchers have speculated that HR practices may have an impact upon subordinates’ perceptions of supervisory power. This study explores the relationship between HR practices and commitment to change in selected public universities in Malaysia. It focuses on how HR practices have affected the level of employee’s commitment to change towards the employing organization. Five dimensions of HR practices were used in this study, namely participation and involvement, training and development, performance appraisal, incentive and compensation. Two hundred and seventy eight academic staff of selected public universities in Malaysia voluntarily participated in this study. Implications of the findings were discussed further.

Keywords: HR Practices, Commitment to Change, Malaysian Higher Education

Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.83-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 621.146KB).

Dr. May-Chiun Lo

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Economics and Business, University Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia

Dr. May-Chiun Lo is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). She graduated with First Class Honours in Finance from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and holds a Master of Business Administration from Herriot-Watt University, United Kingdom, while her Ph.D in Management was awarded by Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her professional career began with Malayan Banking Berhad and she subsequently progressed to join UNIMAS. She has taught the courses of Management, Organizational Behaviour, Finance, International Business and Strategic Management. Besides teaching, she sits in the advisory panel to various consultancy and community projects under UNIMAS and private companies. She has more than 20 publications in journals and books.

Mung Ling Voon

Lecturer, School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Mung-Ling Voon is a lecturer at the School of Business and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus. She graduated with Honours in Economics and International Business from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and holds a Master of Science from University of Leicester, UK in 2003. She has taught the courses of Economics, Human Resource Management and Management. Besides teaching, she has published numerous articles in journals and conference proceedings.

Prof. T. Ramayah

Associate Professor, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Penang, Malaysia

T. Ramayah has an MBA from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Currently he is an Associate Professor at the School of Management in USM. He teaches mainly courses in Research Methodology and Business Statistics. Apart from teaching, he is an avid researcher, especially in the areas of technology management and adoption in business and education. Thus far, he has published in several journals such as Information Development, Direct Marketing, WSEAS Transactions on Information Science & Applications, International Journal of Learning, The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Asian Journal of Information Technology (AJIT), International Journal of Services and Technology Management (IJSTM), International Journal of Business Information Systems (IJBIS), Journal of Project Management (JoPM), Management Research News (MRN), International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education (IJIOME), International Journal of Services and Operations Management (IJSOM), Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (ECAM) and North American Journal of Psychology.. Having his contributions in research acknowledged, he is constantly invited to serve on the editorial boards and program committees of several international journals and conferences of repute. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Sally and their children, and travelling to new places.

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