An exploratory study on the factors affecting employee retention in the Cantonese opera troupes in Hong Kong

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An exploratory study on the factors affecting employee retention in the Cantonese opera troupes in Hong Kong


Author: Wong, Sing-kwan
Title: An exploratory study on the factors affecting employee retention in the Cantonese opera troupes in Hong Kong
Degree: M.B.A.
Year: 2001
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Operas, Chinese -- China -- Hong Kong
Employee retention -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Dept. of Management
Pages: 99 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: Employee retention is one of the key tasks in modern human resources management. It is of great importance for the practitioners to grasp the principal retention factors in order to effectively retain the valuable staff. This paper tries to explore the importance and effectiveness of the employee retention factors in a very distinctive profession in Hong Kong - the Cantonese Opera troupes. The purpose of the study is to examine the relevant factors affecting employee retention in the Cantonese Opera troupes in Hong Kong and the effectiveness and significance of each of them with consideration to the characteristics of the profession. This research is targeted to three most renowned troupes in Hong Kong. The methods used for gathering data and information are mainly interviews and survey conducted against the two groups of subjects - performers and musicians. The areas of investigation are focussed on the following four factors: (1) remuneration, (2) relationship, (3) empowerment and (4) commitment. It is preliminarily found that the two relatively important factors are remuneration and relationship. Superficially the practitioners seems to be not too conscious of monetary factor since the pay rates are quite "standardised". However, every one in the profession would mind in case such level of payment was not guaranteed. Moreover, different preference of performers and musicians on skill-based and group-based pay system do exist. It is obvious that relationship is the non-monetary factor that draws their attention most. Yet, people of different positions demand dissimilar kind of relationship. Empowerment is not quite obvious a significant factor although the weight of this factor depends on the type of employees. As for commitment, it is tied to relationship and position in the troupe. It is found that no linkage exist between commitment and money.

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