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Mediating role of employee engagement on the relationship between succession planning practice and employee performance in academic institutions: PLS-SEM approach

Mohammed Sani Abdullahi (Faculty of Business, Multimedia University – Melaka Campus, Melaka, Malaysia) (Department of Business Administration, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Kano, Nigeria)
Kavitha Raman (Faculty of Business, Multimedia University – Melaka Campus, Melaka, Malaysia)
Sakiru Adebola Solarin (School of Economics, University of Nottingham – Malaysia Campus, Semenyih, Malaysia)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 29 April 2021

Issue publication date: 14 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of succession planning practice (SPP) on employee engagement (EE) and employee performance (EP) in Malaysian private universities (MPU).

Design/methodology/approach

This paper used a survey research design, and the study unit of the analysis consists of the academic staff of MPU. In the selection of the sample from the focused respondents (10,473) of the study, a stratified and simple random sampling method was used, and the study sample consists of 314 MPU academic staff. A questionnaire was used to collect data from the focused respondents while partial least square–structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) was used to test the study hypotheses.

Findings

The findings revealed that SPP has a significant effect on EP, and the relationship between SPP and EP is partially mediated by EE.

Practical implications

Sound succession systems for achieving academic staff performance should be put in place by the university management. Furthermore, the outcome of this research urges the policymaker to come up with a sound policy that can allow internal talents of the university to hold key leadership positions of any nature when the need arises before considering external talents, with that the talents will be satisfied and put decisive effort to achieve a positive result.

Originality/value

This paper has made a significant contribution to the knowledge and operationalization of the EE, EP and SPP literature. The research also assists the university management to mobilize qualified and talented staff for an unexpected and sudden resignation of staff which saves the university the cost of hiring and development, and at the same time, it encourages internal hiring.

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Citation

Abdullahi, M.S., Raman, K. and Solarin, S.A. (2022), "Mediating role of employee engagement on the relationship between succession planning practice and employee performance in academic institutions: PLS-SEM approach", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 808-828. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-02-2021-0056

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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