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The implemenation of a human capital shared services model in the South African banking sector

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dc.contributor.advisor Janse van Ransberg, M.
dc.contributor.author Swart, Karen
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-25T09:18:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-25T09:18:31Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5848
dc.description.abstract To cope with constant changes in the economic environment, organizations continuously strive to implement appropriate business models that will contribute to increased productivity, reduced costs and a competitive advantage. Organisations need however to choose among different business models and select the option that offer the greatest potential to improve their service delivery, reducing costs and enable them to focus on their core business. This study conceptualized the shared services business model, by focusing on key factors, such as the rationale for implementing a shared services unit over other business models, establishing the processes followed by the banking industry with the implementation of a human capital shared services model, identifying the advantages versus disadvantages of the implementation of the model and to provide recommendations for the development and implementation of shared services models within specific organisational context. The researcher conducted mixed method research to address the research problem which incorporated both qualitative and quantitative research. In the study research was conducted in three phases. During the first phase exploratory research was conducted, consisting of desk study research and industry reports as well as surveys, periodicals and academic publications.During the second phase qualitative research was conducted, through semi-structured interviews. Findings from this research phase were used during the third phase, which was a quantitative study, whereby information gathered from the interviews informed the design of questionnaires. It is evident from the results that there were many similarities between the analyses of the interviews and questionnaires in relation to the literature review. Many commonalities amongst the three banks were identified during the implementation process and in many instances corroborated statements by key authors during the literature review. Both the interviews and analysis of the questionnaires confirmed cost savings, improved customer services and standardization as benefits of a shared services model. It was concluded that the implementation of a human capital shared services model within the banking sector in South Africa contribute positively to each of the banks used in the sample, both from a cost perspective as improvement of efficiencies. It was further concluded that the processes, systems and people involved in the implementation process are critical to successful implementation. Based on the information gathered the researcher recommends that a project team be appointed from inception to finalization of the implementation of a shared services model, which will be required to deal with the planning phase, feasibility study and the full implementation plan relating to the implementation of the model. In practice, this study will provide shared services managers with insights with regards to the implementation process to be followed for implementing a human capital shared services model. It can also provide valuable insight to management with regard to important or key factors to consider, ensuring the effective implementation of the model. Findings of this study may also be extended to other organizations in South Africa, considering the implementation of the shared services model. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (v, 145 leaves :|bill. )
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Business models en
dc.subject Banking sector en
dc.subject Human capital en
dc.subject.ddc 332.10683
dc.subject.lcsh Banks and banking -- South Africa -- Personnel management
dc.subject.lcsh Financial institutions -- South Africa -- Personnel management
dc.subject.lcsh Shared services (management) -- South Africa
dc.title The implemenation of a human capital shared services model in the South African banking sector en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Graduate School for Business Leadership
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.B.A.)


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