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Automating attendance recording of contingent labours at a large construction site

Saroj Koul (Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University, NCR Delhi, India.)

Publication date: 17 October 2012


Subject area

Operations and human resourcing.

Study level/applicability

This case study is intended for use in graduate, executive level management and doctoral programs. The case study illustrates a combined IT and HR driven participative management control system in a flexible organization structure. It is intended for a class discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of an administrative situation.

Case overview

The case describes the situation of managing unskilled workforces (≥14,000 workers) during the construction phase of the 4 × 250MW power plants both for purposes of turnout as well as due compensation, in the event of an accident. The approved labour forces appointed for 45 × 8 h. Man-days after a rigorous fitness test and approvals of the safety officer are allocated housing and other necessary amenities and a commensurate compensation system.

Expected learning outcomes

These include: illustrating typical organizational responsibility structure at a construction site of a large power plant; illustrating the planning and administrative control mechanism in implementing strategy at a construction site of a large power plant; offering students the opportunity to understand and view a typical operational (project) structure; allowing students to speculate adaptations in the wake of an ever-changing business and company environment; and providing an opportunity to introduce a power scenario in India, Indian labour laws and radio frequency identification technology and to relate this to the case in context.

Supplementary materials

Teaching notes are available; please consult your librarian for access.



The author acknowledges the input and support of Neeraj K. Saxena, Senior Manager of JSPL, in providing all the inputs in this case which was taken as an action learning project during 2011–2012. The author acknowledges the support of the unskilled workers at the construction site during interviews.


Koul, S. (2012), "Automating attendance recording of contingent labours at a large construction site", , Vol. 2 No. 8.



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