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Fall 2008 Volume III Issue III

1. Human Resource Competencies: An Empirical Study on the HR Professionals in the Manufacturing Sector in Malaysia Choi Sang Long

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This study examines the vital competencies of Human Resource (HR) professionals in the manufacturing companies of Malaysia. The Human Resource Competency Survey (HRCS) model is used in this study. The competencies that are examined in this study are business knowledge, strategic contribution, HR delivery, personal credibility and HR technology. All these competencies will be tested whether or not they are significantly related to a firm’s performance. The sample employed here consists of HR professionals from Malaysian manufacturing companies in Johor, the southernmost state of Malaysia. The total number of firms involve in this study are 32 respondents. This study uses quantitative method such as spearmen rho correlation to test the variables. The analysis reveals that the top nine ranking HR competency factors are from the domain of personal credibility and HR delivery. The respondents' self-rated competency shows that personal communication, legal compliance, effective relationship and performance management rank above all other factors. Competencies such as strategic contribution, business knowledge and HR technology have significant correlation with firm performance.

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2. Characteristics and Perceptions of Minority Owned Businesses in a Post Katrina Environment: A Survey of Minority Owned Businesses in East Baton Rouge Parish Richard McCline, Sung No, Warren Byabashaija

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Metropolitan Baton Rouge, Louisiana was a primary destination for thousands of New Orleanians and other residents of the gulf coast who sought refuge from the havoc and devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The US census suggested that the hurricanes significantly interrupted the almost $1.0 billion dollars in revenue that was grossed by African-American owned businesses in New Orleans. The goal of this study was to establish benchmark, perceptions, and key profile characteristics of the minority owned businesses in metropolitan Baton Rouge in a post Katrina environment. These statistics and associated comments can then be used to help plan a growth agenda for the sizable and more visible community of minority owned businesses seeking to prosper in the economic climate of this emerging metropolis which now rivals it sister city of New Orleans in terms of population and business opportunities. The survey results establish metrics of satisfaction for the surveyed community, highlights perceptions of the general business environment and concludes with recommendations for those who are committed to supporting the growth and vitality of the small and minority owned business community.

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