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Title: Evaluating relationships between organisational core competencies and individuals' competencies
Author: Essmail, Essmail Ali
ISNI:       0000 0001 3449 4334
Awarding Body: Sheffield Hallam University
Current Institution: Sheffield Hallam University
Date of Award: 2007
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Determining core competence has been increasingly considered as a vital strategic approach towards a sustainable competitive advantage by researchers and decisionmakers. Although its importance is widely recognised, the identification process appears complex. Therefore, sound theoretical systematic identification processes are still sought. In addition, the underlying components of core competence such as individuals' competencies have implications and need to be investigated. The contribution made by individuals' competencies in the content and form of organisational core competences is critical. In response, this research aims to examine the potential link between core competences and individuals' competencies. To meet this goal, this thesis complements and extends a previous work (Hafeez et al, 2002a-c) which introduced a structured framework to identify core competence. In particular, it intends to develop the Hafeez et al (2002a) core competence identification framework at the individuals' level. In addition, the CIPD (2004) competency headings framework comprising seven competencies is used. Therefore, an integrated structured framework to link the relevant individuals' competences with the identified core competences is developed. The context of this study is the utility, construction, oil services, and manufacturing industries. A combined methodology of structured questionnaire-based interviews and a postal survey involving fifteen organisations is performed. Data is at times subjectively collected and analysed. However, the AHP technique with its related software (EXPERT CHOICE) is used through all the stages of the proposed framework to eliminate subjective inconsistencies and enable this author to obtain solid results and conclusions. The study recognised that the composition of core competences for the majority of surveyed organisations leans towards the human contribution. In addition, individuals' competencies influence and contribute towards the core competences. This confirms a strong relationship between individuals' competencies and core competences. However, the relative importance of the examined individuals' competencies against the identified core competences was rather different. On average, the prevalence of Team orientation followed by People management competencies was relatively the highest. The research concluded that the nature of the industry and the organisation's context has an impact on the portfolio of individuals' competencies to be linked with core competences. This research has made four main contributions to knowledge. First, the Hafeez et al. (2002a-c) framework is re-tested within other industries, namely, utility, construction, oil services, and manufacturing. Second, the framework is developed at the individuals' competencies level. Third, the composition of identified core competences in terms of human, organisational, and technological contributions is evaluated. Fourth, the relevant portfolio of related individuals' competencies to be linked with core competences is determined. The outcomes of this research may help organisations to make key strategic decisions such as how to invest to develop particular organisational core competences and individuals' competencies.
Supervisor: Hafeez, Khalid ; Siddiqi, Jawed Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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