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The relative importance of managerial competencies for predicting the perceived job performance of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment verification practitioners

Barbara M. Seate, Raborale I.D. Pooe, Richard Chinomona
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 14, No 1 | a696 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v14i1.696 | © 2016 Barbara M. Seate, Raborale I.D. Pooe, Richard Chinomona | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 March 2015 | Published: 28 April 2016

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Barbara M. Seate, Department of Logistics, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
Raborale I.D. Pooe, Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Richard Chinomona, Department of Marketing, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: There is a need for the growing Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) verification industry to assess competencies and determine skills gaps for the management of the verification practitioners’ perceived job performance. Knowing which managerial competencies are important for different managerial functions is vital for developing and improving training and development programmes.

Research purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the managerial capabilities that are required of the B-BBEE verification practitioners, in order to improve their perceived job performance.

Motivation for the study: The growing number of the B-BBEE verification practitioners calls for more focused training and development. Generating such a training and development programme demands empirical research into the relative importance of managerial competencies.

Research approach, design and method: A quantitative design using the survey approach was adopted. A questionnaire was administered to a stratified sample of 87 B-BBEE verification practitioners. Data were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (version 22.0) and Smart Partial Least Squares software.

Main findings: The results of the correlation analysis revealed that there were strong and positive associations between technical skills, interpersonal skills, compliance to standards and ethics, managerial skills and perceived job performance. Results of the regression analysis showed that managerial skills, compliance to standards and ethics and interpersonal skills were statistically significant in predicting perceived job performance. However, technical skills were insignificant in predicting perceived job performance.

Practical/managerial implications: The study has shown that the B-BBEE verification industry, insofar as the technical skills of the practitioners are concerned, does have suitably qualified staff with the requisite educational qualifications. At the same time, from the present study the industry can now determine the priority skills.

Contribution: The study identified the needed skills as managerial skills, standards and ethics and interpersonal skills, in that order. The verification agencies will now be in a better position to know where they should focus their training and development.

Keywords: Managerial competencies; Job performance; Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment


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