ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to investigate the development phase in strategic collaboration between educational training institutions and automotive industries. In line with the aspiration to become a high-income developed country, besides increasing economic complexity and technological advances, some efforts need to be made to provide quality skilled workers to meet industry requirements. The objective of this study was to identify the constructs in the development phase in the formation of strategic collaboration between vocational colleges and automotive industries in Malaysia. An intrinsic case study, a type of qualitative research approach, was used as the design of the study. The study used multiple instruments, namely document analysis and semi-structured interviews, in order to develop an insight into stakeholders’ perspectives on the strategic collaboration formation phase between vocational colleges and automotive industries. Documents analyzed in this study included the memorandum of understanding, industry statements and a letter of intent/tour of intent signed between the vocational colleges and the industry. Twenty automotive lecturers were drawn from vocational colleges to make the sample of the study. All 20 automotive lecturers participated in the semi-structured interviews as respondents. The findings identified the development phase in the formation of collaboration between vocational colleges and automotive industries. The research also found three phases in collaboration undertaken by the vocational colleges such as a before implementation phase, an implementation phase and an after implementation phase.