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Competency Assessment: Matching Master of Business Administration Graduates with Employability Requirements in Sudanese Organizations

Competency Assessment: Matching Master of Business Administration Graduates with Employability Requirements in Sudanese Organizations

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Title: Competency Assessment: Matching Master of Business Administration Graduates with Employability Requirements in Sudanese Organizations
Author: Kamal, Samah Mohamed Mustafa
Abstract: This is an exploratory comparative cross sectional study, that critically assesses whether the business education currently delivered in Sudanese universities adequately prepares the master of business administration graduates with competencies, that meet organizations‘ employability requirements. Data was collected through online questionnaires. The total population within the study consists of 5,185 graduates from five Sudanese universities located in Khartoum. The cluster random sampling technique was used to select 214 graduates, then the paired sampling technique was used to match them with 214 human resource managers. The competencies were ranked for both target groups using the mean ranking, then the T-test was utilized to test the hypotheses under 0.05 significance level. The study revealed the most crucial competencies that valued most by employers are: ability and willingness to learn, achievement orientation, concern for order, quality and accuracy, energy and passion, self-confidence, teamwork and cooperation, analytical thinking, technical expertise, customer service orientation, initiative and problem solving. On the other hand, the competencies that are highly developed through the master of business administration programs are: organizational awareness, ability and willingness to learn, organizational commitment, written communication and technical expertise. Moreover, the research revealed that there is a significant difference between the competencies acquired by master of business administration graduates, and those that are required by human resource managers with T = 17.98. Additionally, the results show a significant difference in importance in terms of soft skills and hard skills,withT = 17.39.This indicates a gap between business education in universities and the practice of business. Therefore, it can be concluded that the acquired competencies through the master of business administration programs in Sudan do not match the employability needs and requirements of Sudanese organizations.Essentially, this study recommends that business schools should restructure their curriculum, prioritize skills accordingly, and redesign coursework as to incorporate top ranked skills viewed as most important by Sudanese businesses and employers. Furthermore,the study recommends building effective partnerships between business schools and business organizations.
Description: 239 Pages
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/27400
Date: 2017-09


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