Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (Print ISSN: 1087-9595; Online ISSN: 1528-2686)


Industry 4.0 and Skills Deficiencies in the HRM Function Case Study of the HRM Department of A Selected organization in Cape Town

Author(s): Nteboheng Patricia Mefi and Samson Nambei Asoba

The study considered the skills deficiencies arising from the transition to industry 4.0. There have been wide observations across the world that the advancements associated with industry 4.0 means that some skills have become obsolete while other skills especially those related to technological use have emerged. Consequently, this paper explored the skills deficiencies of human resource administrators from seven organizations which were chosen following convenience sampling techniques. The restrictions on movement associated with the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that data collection in most social science research be mainly electronic and virtual. As such, electronic data collection methods based on a questionnaire with both qualitative and quantitative items was used to collect data. Evidence collected in this study echoed the literature and was consistent with other researches which had found significant skills deficiencies across several categories of skills including technical, off functional and technological. Following the results of this study, organizations are encouraged to accelerate training needs analysis and subsequent re-skilling to ensure competitiveness.

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