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Investigating forms of graduate capital and their relationship to perceived employability: an application of PLS predict and IPMA

Shikha Agnihotri (University School of Business, Chandigarh University, Mohali, India)
Atul Shiva (University School of Business, Chandigarh University, Mohali, India)
Farha Naz Khan (Faculty of Management, MIT-WPU, Pune, India)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 20 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to assess the relationship between cultural capital, human capital, psychological capital, social capital and perceived employability of management graduates.

Design/methodology/approach

The data was analysed through variance based partial least square (PLS) structural equation modelling on 505 management students by an online questionnaire. The predictive relevance of perceived employability was investigated with PLS predict approach. Further, importance-performance map analysis (IPMA) was applied to assess important and performing dimensions of perceived employability.

Findings

The results indicate that social capital was found to be the strongest predictor of graduates' perceived employability. The proposed conceptual model was found to have a moderate to high predictive relevance. IPMA results suggested that investment in psychological capital leads to higher return in perceived employability of management graduates.

Research limitations/implications

Data was collected using purposive sampling and confined to university students only.

Practical implications

Findings of the study provide empirical inferences in support of human capital, social capital and social cognitive theory. Practical implications offer important inputs to policy makers, higher educational institutes, career counsellors and universities.

Originality/value

This study provides novel inputs by a comprehensive model of graduate capital to determine and predict perceived employability of graduates in emerging economy like India.

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Citation

Agnihotri, S., Shiva, A. and Khan, F.N. (2022), "Investigating forms of graduate capital and their relationship to perceived employability: an application of PLS predict and IPMA", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-07-2022-0146

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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