HIRING DISABLED PEOPLE IN MALAYSIA: AN APPLICATION OF THE THEORY OF PLANNED BEHAVIOR

Abstract

Author(s): Magdalene C. H. ANG, T. RAMAYAH, Teong Khan VUN

The extant literature suggests that disabled people face employment problems, largely due to employers’ negative attitudes toward disabled people which can translate into low intention to hire disabled workers. Using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), this paper proposes a model to address the question: “What are the factors that can potentially influence managerial intention to hire disabled people within the Malaysian setting?” The factors of interest are employer attributes, organizational characteristics, Malaysia’s Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Act 2008, attitudes towards hiring disabled people, subjective norm, and perceived control in hiring disabled people. While not claiming to be comprehensive, this paper serves to provide an integrative framework for future empirical work to test the appropriateness of the TPB in understanding managerial intention to hire disabled people. Enhanced knowledge in this area will help in the development of public and organizational policies that can better promote and manage the careers of disabled people.

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