Nelesh Dhanpat

Nelesh Dhanpat
University of Johannesburg | uj · Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management

Doctor of Philosophy HRM
Looking for international collaboration in the space of human resource management and work and organisational psychology

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Introduction
Dr Nelesh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests are in human resource management and positive organisational behaviour. He is involved in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Education
January 2016 - December 2019
University of Johannesburg
Field of study
  • Human Resource Management
February 2012 - November 2012
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Field of study
  • Human Resource Management

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Publications (36)
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The study explored employees’ experience and adjustment of working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study followed a qualitative research approach and used a convenience sampling method. The sample contained 12 employees (women=6; men=6; working from home=6; working from the office=1; hybrid workers=5; median age=36; Mage=39). Data was collected t...
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Purpose of the study: Much attention is given to the design of employee work. Recent research has focused on the self-initiated design of work through job crafting. An exploratory systematic review was conducted to provide an overview of job crafting research conducted within the South African context. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic revi...
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The study determines the relationship between i deals and work role performance amongst employees across industries in the South African context. The study follows a quantitative approach, and a cross-sectional design was adopted. A non-probability convenience sampling technique was chosen. An online questionnaire was used. A total of 231 employees...
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Organisations continuously seek opportunities to be more productive through the human capital they employ. A firm offering of the employee value proposition (EVP) and understanding of employee commitment could enable organisations to have committed employees that enjoy their work and are oriented towards a growth trajectory. This study sought to ex...
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Orientation: Mining plays a significant role in the South African economy and is crucial for job creation opportunities. Mining organisations are plagued by various challenges, which include turnover intention. Research purpose: The current study sought to establish whether employee empowerment (psychological and structural empowerment) predicts t...
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Orientation: This research study focuses on establishing a link between job crafting and landmark studies on intrapreneurship. Research purpose: The purpose of this study was to provide a theoretical overview of intrapreneurship, intrapreneurial orientation and job crafting, and to explore theoretical linkages between these areas of enquiry. Moti...
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Despite South Africa’s progressive and comprehensive labour legislation that promotes gender equality in the workplace, this goal has not been fully achieved as yet. This is particularly evident when comparing managerial ranks, particularly in top man- agement at South African banks. This phenomenon is still present today despite overwhelming evide...
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Orientation: In today’s volatile and dynamic business environment, organisations need to continuously seek opportunities to increase their competitiveness through the human capital they employ. A sound understanding of factors that influence manager credibility, strategic alignment and employee motivation could enable organisations to proactively i...
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Orientation: The hiring of graduates is valuable to organisations. It is necessary to understand the self-management behaviours they display and the behaviours required to keep them engaged. Research purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore how self-management strategies enhance work engagement of recent graduates who find themselves in a...
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Organisational scholars have long been interested in the employer–employee relationship and the expectations and obligations that evolve within this relationship, which is encapsulated within the psychological contract. Psychological contracts are considered dynamic, and since their conceptualisation has evolved over time, they remain an important...
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The study investigated whether job demands and job resources predict work engagement of public and private sector nurses The sample comprised of 420 South African nurses (females = 88 8%; employed in the private sector = 61 8%; mean age = 38 years, SD = 9 50 years) They completed surveys of job demands (emotional demands, role ambiguity, and workpl...
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Orientation: Organisations are at the forefront of industry 4.0 and employees are witnessing the changes it brings. Research purpose: The objective of this study was to explore the role of human resource (HR)professionals in navigating industry 4.0. Motivation for the study: There is scant scientific research on the role of HR professionals in indu...
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Organisations of varying sizes oft en implement changes at the strategic, operational and employee level to foster a culture of entrepreneurship. Th ese entrepreneurial actions within existing organisations are referred to as corporate entrepreneurship (CE). CE is regarded as multi-dimensional in nature, infl uenced by environmental, managerial and...
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Job resources are a consistent contributor to employee wellbeing, aiding employees in contributing to organisations achieving their strategic goals. Job resources are also particularly important in work environments that have an array of challenges that may negatively affect employees. The present study established that the following job resources...
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The study investigated whether the psychological contract predicts organisational identification in a call centre setting. Participants included 198 employees (females = 66%; permanent employees = 74%, temporary employees = 26%). Participants completed measures on psychological contract and organisational identification. Using a logistic regression...
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Scholars have implied that job crafting is essential in achieving positive outcomes for employees. The present study established weekly job crafting (task crafting and cognitive crafting) as a predictor of weekly meaningfulness and gauges lagged effects of job crafting and meaningful work. Data was collected from employees in a higher education ins...
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Orientation: Over the past two decades, since the advent of democracy in South Africa, the country has undergone transformation in virtually all sectors of society. Education is no exception, with higher education institutions (HEIs) also experiencing change. The transformation of HEIs has brought about many new challenges, demands and stresses tha...
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This study explored call centre agents’ perceived psychological contract and job security in a South African call centre setting. We interviewed a purposive sample of 12 call centre agents (female = 8, male = 4; black = 10, coloured = 2; permanent employees = 12; mean period of service = 3 years). The agents responded to semi-structured interviews....
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between employee retention and job security and the impact of retention factors on the job security of nurses in public hospitals in South Africa. The retention of nurses is essential in public hospitals in South Africa. It is therefore critical that retention strategies are pri...
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Orientation: Call centre organisations are plagued with high levels of employee turnover and are challenged by effectively retaining their staff. Research purpose: The study sets out to establish factors that affect the retention of call centre agents and to determine call centre agents’ intention to leave. Research design, approach and method: Th...
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Call centre operations are a leading industry in South Africa for employment. Call centres are plagued by high levels of employee turnover and are challenged by ensuring employee commitment. The study sets out to evaluate organizational commitment within a call centre. The study is quantitative in nature and follows a cross sectional approach. Data...
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Employees are becoming more responsive to the demands placed upon them in the workplace. Employees continuously seek ways to enhance their work performance. Notably, employees may put forward and negotiate certain work arrangements with their employer referred to as idiosyncratic deals. Employees may also alter the way in which they work, referred...
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Orientation: Collaboration is deemed important in today’s connected and complex business environment. People’s ability to collaborate with each other in organisations is becoming a business imperative. This study focuses on a valid measurement of collaboration within organisations. Research purpose: Thomson, Perry and Miller (2007) developed a col...
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Interest in the study of emotions have always been present. Academic jobs are susceptible to multiple demands from various stakeholders. This paper presents the occasion to question whether academics are emotional laborers? The concept of emotional labor have been heavily investigated and researched in the customer service domain. Notably, emotiona...
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Achieving more with fewer human resources is a challenge faced by most organisations. Therefore, bringing diverse knowledge and skills together in an integrated way is becoming a business imperative. Effective collaboration may help organisations optimise their human resources. This article explores collaboration with the intention of identifying p...
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Interest in the study of emotions have always been present. Academic jobs are susceptible to multiple demands from various stakeholders. This paper presents the occasion to question whether academics are emotional laborers? The concept of emotional labor have been heavily investigated and researched in the customer service domain. Notably, emotiona...
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There is a plethora of leadership literature which place emphasis on the importance of leadership in the performance of employees and organizations. Strategic leadership is of particular interest since this has been a focus in organizations. Strategic leadership is defined by Hitt, Ireland and Hoskisson (2004) as the ability to foresee, envisage, m...
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Today’s competitive environment has brought upon the view of human resources (HR) as a value add, and notably contributing to the success of an organization. Paradigm shifts in HRM have moved capabilities of those in the profession of mere personnel administration to strategic human capital partners. However, the quagmire faced by many human resour...
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Over the last few years much demand have been placed on information systems and information technology (IT). IT has changed dramatically over the years. The roles of IT professionals have evolved and hence, there is a need for IT professionals to take note of their career status. The demands for growth and development among IT professionals are app...
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This paper presents the occasion for organizations to investigate the need to transition towards a team-based approach of employee recognition. A theoretical framework of employee recognition is presented. Employee recognition is largely recognized as a managerial practice, and have been in practice in terms of individual-based recognition within...
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The editors of Downsizing: Is less still more?, Cary L. Cooper, Alankrita Pandey and James Campbell Quick, present a collection of perspectives on downsizing from the point of view of distinguished international experts. This book uses empirical research to explore this business strategy. It spans 13 chapters, which explore and examine the extent a...
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The violation and breach of a psychological contract and trust often results in a decline in employees' willingness to contribute and intentions to stay in an organization. Hence, this paper aims to understand the psychological contract and trust and their role in employee retention. It focuses on employee and organizational expectations and the im...

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Currently have the 24-item scale and looking for a shortened version of this scale.
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Dr Nelesh
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How do employees in Higher Education intuitions satisfy their higher level needs, and find purpose and meaning in their job, work and careers (not by pay/remuneration etc). Has anyone come across research that suggests this.
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When interpreting moderation results, is there a relaxed criteria that can be applied for moderation eg p<0.10. Please refer me to sources.
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Need assistance in determining the lagged effects in a time series of four weeks using R. I need to determine multilevel estimates of the models predicting a lagged effect. What is the syntax that would do this?
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Please could you suggest/recommend a questionnaire/survey/instrument that measures previous change, digital/technological changes and change that employees may experience.
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Looking for good articles on scale construction/development. Thanks
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The questionnaire should measure expectations/obligations of the employer and employer as well as breach/violation of the psychological contract. It can be from various studies.

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The study will investigate how workers negotiate special working arrangements, how negotiated i-deals can influence their work role performance and also by granting these working arrangements
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Identifying proactive behaviours in the workplace to enhance employee meaningfulness and engagement.