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Skill mapping for blue-collar employees and organisational performance: A qualitative assessment

Amit Mittal (Chitkara Business School, Chitkara University, Chandigarh, India)
Rahul Dhiman (Chitkara Business School, Chitkara University, Chandigarh, India)
Parmod Lamba (Chitkara Business School, Chitkara University, Chandigarh, India)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 26 February 2019

Issue publication date: 25 April 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the skill mapping process in a manufacturing organization and to examine its relationship with the select performance indicators, such as quality and defects. This paper also explores the role of the supervisor in the whole process of skill mapping of the blue-collar employees.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses a case-based approach and the company selected is Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, Swaraj Division, located in Phase 4, Industrial Area, Mohali (Punjab). The qualitative aspect of the paper is based on ten semi-structured interviews of the senior-level managers. These interviews are conducted in order to understand the role of the supervisor in skill mapping process and its relationship with the organizational performance. The quantitative aspect is based on the regression analysis to find out the impact of skill index on select performance indicators.

Findings

The results of the study indicate that the role of the supervisor in performance appraisal is very important in the whole process of skill mapping. Swaraj is an example where a robust skill mapping process for blue-collar employees have supported the business in improving the skill of employees and consequently supporting the business to perform well on key deliverables, such as better quality and less defects. The select variables are inter-correlated and variations in the select organizational performance indicators (production and defects) are due to variations in the skill index of the blue-collar employees in the manufacturing organization. The performance indicators of the manufacturing organization in terms of manufacturing defects have declined and also the production has increased, which is a good indicator for the organization.

Practical implications

The present study is of interest to researchers who are trying to understand the system for skill mapping and utilization of appraisal inputs in improving organizational performance.

Originality/value

To the authors’ best knowledge, this paper is one of the first to address the skill mapping process in a manufacturing organization especially for the blue-collar employees.

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Citation

Mittal, A., Dhiman, R. and Lamba, P. (2019), "Skill mapping for blue-collar employees and organisational performance: A qualitative assessment", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 1255-1274. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-08-2018-0228

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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