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Title: The employers' perspective on the professional knowledge to enhance employees' productivity in Hong Kong apparel industry
Authors: Chan, YY
Chan, CK 
Ip, WH
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Taiwan textile research journal, 2006, v. 16, no. 4, p. 18-28
Abstract: To cope with the transformation of apparel industry towards globalization in production, apparel manufacturers have been adopting different roles in the supply chain and expanded beyond production functions. This paper, after reviewed the future of the business in Hong Kong, addresses the key variable of human capital, professional knowledge, from employers' perspective. Hong Kong apparel industry has changed their production strategies from "made in Hong Kong" to "made by Hong Kong" in the last three decades. A study, sponsored by the Hong Kong Institution of Textiles and Apparel, determined the dimension of professional knowledge that the education or professional institute should focus their teaching programmes on. The findings indicated the fundamental knowledge, apparel and textiles technology, are still the most important professional knowledge to enhance employees' productivity while market knowledge which embrace the attributes of product development, market research and business knowledge are of lesser importance. For future business, however, marketing knowledge becomes the second most important knowledge that the employees should acquire. There is no significant difference between manufacturers and apparel trading firms in this respect that the business functions of these two sectors, indeed, are blurred. One-stop manufacturing service has been realised and manpower serving in the two sectors is interchangeable.
Keywords: Apparel industry
Professional knowledge
Publisher: China Textile Institute Taiwan
Journal: Taiwan textile research journal 
ISSN: 1019-0473
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