Perceptions of the effectiveness of training and development of 'grey-collar' workers in the People's Republic of China

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Title Perceptions of the effectiveness of training and development of 'grey-collar' workers in the People's Republic of China
Author Hutchings, Kate; Zhu, Cherrie J.; Cooper, Brian K.; Zhang, Yiming; Shao, Sijun
Journal Name Human Resource Development International
Editor Rob Poell
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract An important human resource development (HRD) implication of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) rapidly expanding economy has been the emergence of a critical shortage of grey-collar workers (GCW). Although ‘grey-collar’ has been commonly used in the West to describe an aging population within the workforce, in China it refers to people who are neither white nor blue collar workers but technicians. The shortage of GCW constrains the PRC’s economic and developmental sustainability, and has been recognized in central and provincial government initiatives to increase training and development of employees within these fields. While acknowledged as a policy and organizational problem, there has been no research investigating what organizations are doing to develop these employees. Drawing upon a survey of 310 semi-skilled and skilled employees in Beijing, our findings suggest that while the surveyed organizations are investing heavily in both on- and off-the-job training, employees’ perceived value of such differs markedly according to age and position. The research has important implications for China’s HRD strategy in suggesting links between training and other human resource management (HRM) functions are yet to be evidenced.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Human Resource Development International, Volume 12, Issue 3 July 2009 , pages 279 - 296. Human Resource Development International is available online at: with the open URL of your article.
Volume 12
Issue Number 3
Page from 279
Page to 296
ISSN 1367-8868
Date Accessioned 2010-03-22
Date Available 2015-06-03T02:52:35Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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