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Employability Skills Development Approaches: An Application of Importance-Performance Analysis and Analytic Network Process

Islam, Rafikul and Abdul Hamid, Mohd Shukri and Abd. Manaf, Noor Hazilah (2012) Employability Skills Development Approaches: An Application of Importance-Performance Analysis and Analytic Network Process. In: 54th Annual conference of the Canadian Operational Research Society and the 10th International Conference on Multiple Objective Programming and Goal Programming (CORS/MOPGP’2012), 11-13 Jun 2012, Niagara Falls, Canada. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In the challenging economic world, employers are looking for employees who are able drive organizations to compete successfully in the market. Graduates should equip themselves with the relevant employability skills as needed by the employers. Therefore, higher education institutions must evaluate the effectiveness of employability skills development approaches on graduates’ employability skills. The main objectives of this study are to determine importance weights of Malaysian graduates’ employability skills and to identify the most effective employability skills development approaches. In general, the result of the analytical network process (ANP) shows that the employers placed “ability to speak fluently in English” has highest important weight, followed by “ability to write effectively in English” and. “ability to think critically”. Meanwhile, the results of limit supermatrix show that the most effective employability skills development approach is “work integrated learning”, with a percentage priority of 19.7. The next more effective approach is ‘stand-alone subject model” with 18.5 percent and then followed by academic support programme, embedded subject model, non-academic support programme and campus life activities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 2887/27688
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employability skills, Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA), Analytic Network Process (ANP)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5549 Personnel management
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: Rafikul Islam
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2012 10:10
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 08:20
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27688

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