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A study of the impact of employee placement on organisational effectiveness in the oil and gas industry in Trinidad and Tobago from senior managers' perspectives
  This research project aims to establish the impact of placement on organisational effectiveness (OE) from senior managers' perspectives. The first objective is to critically review literature related to and its proxy measures with a specific focus on employee placement. The second objective is to explore the challenges placement presents from senior managers' perspectives. The third objective is to critically analyse senior managers' responses to ascertain the impact of placement on OE. The fourth objective is to provide recommendations to enhance employee placement.

This thesis is a qualitative study. It starts with a brief introduction to the background of the study. It flowed into an overview of the research gap, the aim and objectives, the research questions, the research approach, and implications. This was trailed by an extensive review of the literature on OE's proxy measures, the study's first objective. Fifteen senior managers from five different oil and gas sector entities were selected by purposive sampling. Structured face-to-face interviews were conducted. The empirical data was collated, coded and analysed using thematic analysis. The data was interpreted, and the findings were presented.

The findings revealed that placement is a critical HR activity that has a profound effect on the ability of organisations to achieve their strategic goals and objectives. It showed that there is a strong positive relationship between placement and OE. Failure to implement proper placement procedures reduces the likelihood that the wrong person is selected, which could be problematic. This is also a source of potential conflict. These findings were consistent with the information presented in the review of the literature.

This report proposes possible options organisations may implement to optimise their placement processes. Additionally, three key recommendations were submitted to enhance OE. These were engaging in radical fiscal modification, adopting more aggressive strategies, and adopting a structured approach. The underpinning of the Research's contribution to knowledge emerged from information gleaned about the industry and employee assessment and placement. The underpinning of the study's contribution to practice emerged from the empirical feedback of senior managers perspectives. This study has paved the way for future Research on this area to expand knowledge and enhance the placement process in the micro and macro-environment.

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    08 July 2022

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    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Julien, D. C. A study of the impact of employee placement on organisational effectiveness in the oil and gas industry in Trinidad and Tobago from senior managers' perspectives. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from


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