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Human resource management factors and service recovery performance in Malaysian life insurance industry: Exploring the moderating effects of employment status

Niriender Kumar Piaralal (School of Business Management, College of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Norazuwa Mat (School of Business Management, College of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Shishi Kumar Piaralal (Faculty of Business Management, Open University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and)
Muhammad Awais Bhatti (School of Business Management, College of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 1 July 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the human resource factors (rewards, training teamwork and empowerment) that affect service recovery performance (SRP) of customer service employees in life insurances companies. Life insurances industries in Malaysia are facing stiff competitions due to growing consumerism, changing consumer choices and expectations. SRP is very important aspect in the insurances firms toward retaining the customer and one of the key competitive advantages for sustainability and adding value to the organization in the future.

Design/methodology/approach

The data obtained from 350 customer service employees based on convenience sampling were analyzed using regression and hierarchical analysis.

Findings

There are two factors, namely, empowerment and training, affecting the SRP. The employment status moderated the relationship between reward and SRP. The limitations of this study have been noted and further research suggestions are also included that are very important for SRP.

Originality/value

This study has added knowledge regarding the factors that affect SRP, in general, and precisely in life insurance industries in Malaysian context.

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Citation

Kumar Piaralal, N., Mat, N., Kumar Piaralal, S. and Awais Bhatti, M. (2014), "Human resource management factors and service recovery performance in Malaysian life insurance industry: Exploring the moderating effects of employment status", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 38 No. 6, pp. 524-552. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-07-2013-0078

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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