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Title: Motivations and challenges of foreign ‘professionals’ in Vietnam’s built environment
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
George Ofori
2015/2016 PFM
Foreign ‘professionals’
Key motivations
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2016
Citation: CHNG SOO THENG CHELSEA (2016-07-12). Motivations and challenges of foreign ‘professionals’ in Vietnam’s built environment. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With Vietnam’s fast growing built environment and influx of foreign firms and large- scale projects, its current shortage of local skills in technical, managerial and design expertise in the industry is a problem. Skilled foreign professionals are needed in lieu of this local shortage. This problem extends to Singapore property developer firms in Vietnam as well. Their growing presence in Vietnam has highlighted the need for more skilled foreign ‘professionals’ in management, design and engineering to aid and guide their increasing projects. This study aims to examine key motivations of foreign ‘professionals’ in management, design and engineering in Singapore property developer firms working in Vietnam’s built environment sector as well as challenges they face. Recommendations are given to aid the firms in attracting and retaining more of these ‘professionals’ in Vietnam as well as improvements in relevant areas. Qualitative data was collected from 20 interviews of relevant foreign ‘professionals’ from CapitaLand, Mapletree and Keppel Land working in Vietnam. The results from the interviews revealed that the key factors that attracted most of these foreign ‘professionals’ to work in Vietnam were mainly the Challenge/Lure of projects, followed by Career progression opportunities and Monetary. The key factors that would motivate them to remain were the ties with co-workers and adjustment to working culture, followed by Career progression Opportunities and the Living environment outside of work. The key challenges faced by them working and living in Vietnam were in areas of Living environment outside of work, language and working culture, guidelines and approval processes and Human resource in Vietnam. Recommendations on key areas to focus on were proposed to aid Singapore property developer firms in attracting and retaining more of these ‘professionals’ in Vietnam, as well as make proposals for improvements in relevant areas.
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