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Examining the slow acceptance of HR analytics in the Indian engineering and construction industry: a SEM-ANN-based approach

Meenal Arora (New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi, India)
Anshika Prakash (School of Management and Commerce, K. R. Mangalam University, Gurugram, India)
Amit Mittal (Chitkara Business School, Chitkara University, Rajpura, India)
Swati Singh (Bhavan’s Usha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM), New Delhi, India)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 22 December 2022




Despite the extensive benefits of human resource (HR) analytics, the intention to adopt such technology is still a matter of concern in the engineering and construction sectors. This study aims to examine the slow adoption of HR analytics among HR professionals in the engineering and construction sector.


A cross-sectional online survey including 376 HR executives working in Indian-based engineering and construction firms was conducted. Hierarchal regression, structural equation modeling and artificial neural networks (ANN) were applied to evaluate the relative importance of HR analytics predictors.


The results reveal that hedonic motivation (HM), data availability (DA) and performance expectancy (PE) influence the behavioral intention (BI) to use HR analytics, whereas effort expectancy (EE), quantitative self-efficacy (QSE), habit (HA) and social influence (SI) act as barriers to its adoption. Moreover, PE was the most influential predictor of BI.

Practical implications

Based on the findings of this study, engineering and construction industry managers can formulate strategies for the implementation and promotion of HR analytics to enhance organizational performance.


This study draws attention to evidence-based decision-making, emphasizing barriers to the adoption of HR analytics. This study also emphasizes the concept of DA and QSE to enhance adoption among HR professionals, specifically in the engineering and construction industry.



Arora, M., Prakash, A., Mittal, A. and Singh, S. (2022), "Examining the slow acceptance of HR analytics in the Indian engineering and construction industry: a SEM-ANN-based approach", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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