Simplistic model for employee selection and evaluation in the UK construction industry

Niraj Thurairajah, Melvyn Lees

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Several researchers perceive construction industry as a knowledge based, value creating sector of an economy. There is an emerging importance placed on the Human Resource Management in the construction industry, as one of labour intensive sectors of the economy. The issue of the critical role played by employees in fostering an effective construction business has often been
overlooked over the years. Capacity of wealth creation of a company is based on the knowledge and capabilities of its people. Therefore the value addition is done to the organisations by installing such personnel knowledge into knowledge management systems that organisations create and use. This focus of the human resource as a strategic resource central will help organisations to achieve competitive advantage in business environment. It also represents an
alternative way in which to understand employee selection and evaluation. Employee selection and evaluation practices can contribute significantly to the organisation gaining a competitive advantage. Hence it is very important to analyse and formulate a suitable set of competencies in a knowledge-centric industry such as construction. This research attempts to construct a
simplistic model to help the industry practitioners to rank the suitability of a person for an assigned job based on their competencies. From a literature synthesis and informal discussions with experts, qualification and work experience are selected to form a simplistic model. This paper discusses scaling of selected competencies while highlighting the appropriate methodology for the undertaken research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008
EventCIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research: Building Resilience - Heritage Kandalama, Sri Lanka
Duration: 11 Feb 200815 Feb 2008


ConferenceCIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research
Country/TerritorySri Lanka


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