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An Exploration of the Alignment between Managers’ Competencies and their Job Functions in the South African Post Office

Nicolene de Beer and Nadia Omar
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Nicolene de Beer: Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), South Africa
Nadia Omar: Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), South Africa

Expert Journal of Business and Management, 2018, vol. 6, issue 1, 82-92

Abstract: This study explores the alignment of managers’ competencies with their job functions in the South African Post Office. Before alignment was explored, managers’ competencies were determined through self-assessments by managers and peer- assessments by subordinates. Fifty-five managers across four levels of management and 74 direct subordinates participated in the survey. Forty-four job profiles of managers were utilised to determine the job competencies of managers at SAPO. Twenty competencies were identified as job competencies against which the competencies of managers are aligned. Not only are the competencies of managers aligned to their job functions and competencies, but their job competencies are also aligned to researched competency models for management. This quantitative research study contains valuable information regarding the competencies of managers at SAPO and could contribute positively to leadership development, not only at SAPO, but also to other similar state-owned enterprises. Based on the results of the research recommendations are made for leadership development, performance management and an on-boarding programme for new managers at SAPO.

JEL-codes: J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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