Analyzing generic competency required by Malaysian contractors from Malaysian construction management graduates using the rasch measurement model

Mohd Affandi Haryanti, M. K. Khairil Hizar, Adibah Abdul Latif, M. K. Mohd Firdaus

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This study aimed to investigate construction management graduates' generic skills competency required by Malaysian contractors for entry-level construction managers. This study employed a questionnaire survey, and data were collected using a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire. The instrument adopted 75 items from the Association of Project Management and the Project Management Institute generic skills competency to measure industry requirements. A total of 94 construction practitioners representing contractors (grade 5 to 7) in the Klang Valley participated in this study. The Rasch Measurement Model was used to analyse the items and respondents' reliability, the items and respondents' separation index, the items' fit, the levels of items' agreement and the respondents' ability. The findings showed that the items' reliability index was 0.83 and the respondents' reliability index was 0.96. The items' strata index was 2.18, which means that there are two different levels of item agreement in this study. Meanwhile, the respondents' strata index was 5.24, which means that there are five levels of respondents' requirement in this study. The results also found that 21 items were misfits based on the Rasch Measurement Model's values of outfit/ infit MNSQ and the z-standardised index. The Rasch Measurement Model identified that most of the construction practitioners required construction management graduates to practise generic skill competency in performing the roles and tasks of entry-level construction managers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-104
Number of pages12
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
Volume25
Issue numberApril
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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Keywords

  • Construction management
  • entry-level construction managers and generic competency

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Analyzing generic competency required by Malaysian contractors from Malaysian construction management graduates using the rasch measurement model. / Haryanti, Mohd Affandi; Khairil Hizar, M. K.; Latif, Adibah Abdul; Mohd Firdaus, M. K.

In: Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 25, No. April, 01.04.2017, p. 93-104.

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