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Handbook of Human Resource Management in the Middle East

Edited by Pawan S. Budhwar, Professor of International Human Resource Management, Aston Business School and Kamel Mellahi, Professor of Strategic Management, Warwick Business School, UK
This Handbook provides evidence-based information to the reader regarding the dynamics of HRM in this important region. The book is developed into three parts – contextual and functional issues such as societal and cultural perspectives, performance management and talent management; country-specific HRM covering the GCC, Levant and North African nations; and emerging themes such as HR issues related to domestic workers, labour localisation, expatriate management, CSR, Wasta, foreign and public sector firms. Covered under 23 chapters, the systematic analysis highlights the main forces determining HRM systems in the region.
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Publication Date: 2016
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The Handbook of Human Resource Management in the Middle East provides evidence-based information regarding the dynamics of human resource management (HRM) in this important region. The book is organised into three parts: contextual and functional issues such as societal and cultural perspectives, performance management and talent management; country specific HRM covering the Gulf Cooperation Council, Levant and North African nations; and emerging themes such as HR issues related to domestic workers, labour localisation, expatriate management, corporate social responsibility, wasta, and foreign and public sector firms.

This systematic analysis highlights the main forces determining HRM systems in the region. Its 23 chapters move from a general overview of HRM in the Middle East to a research-based presentation and discussion on the current status, role and strategic importance of the HR function in a wide-range of settings, before highlighting emerging themes in HRM models and discussing future challenges for research, policy and practice. 

The Handbook of Human Resource Management is invaluable reading for academics and students alike, especially those interested in international and comparative human resource management. Practitioners with interest in the Middle East will appreciate its up-to-date analysis and contextualisation of HRM issues.

‘The Editors have produced a tour de force on Middle Eastern human resource management (HRM). They brought together a vast array of regional and global experts to capture all that is worth knowing. The book has an innovative contextual–country–thematic structure. It sets the scene by laying out the cultural and societal issues that shape HRM in the Middle East. There is detailed and comparative coverage of eight of the major economies, followed by a superb set of discussions of thematic issues that range from localisation to expatriation, from public sector management to privatisation, and from employee relations to talent management.’
– Paul Sparrow, Lancaster University Management School, UK

‘Pawan Budhwar and Kamel Mellahi are to be congratulated for this book, which is an incredibly valuable addition to the nascent collection of management books in the Middle East. The chapters cover a wide spectrum of topics under human resource management that are of key importance for researchers and consultants, such as localisation of labor, management of expatriates, the impact of privatisation, and investments of foreign firms in the Middle East. The authors contributing to the book are local experts in academia and business organisations. This book is a must-read for every serious scholar and consultant interested in the region.’
– Zeynep Aycan, Koç University, Turkey

‘Professors Budhwar and Mellahi are two outstanding scholars who have provided us with an important book that enhances our understanding of and appreciation for a wide variety of human resource management topics and issues within and across countries in the Middle East. They have assembled an excellent set of Middle-East-wise chapter contributors and have worked closely with them to ensure a superb uniformity in approach and coverage to their chapters. This book is a must-read for every one of us who wants to have the latest information about one of the most important regions in the world today.’
– Randall S. Schuler, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, US

‘This book is a very welcome addition to the literature on international human resource management (IHRM) in an important but under-researched region of the world. By dividing the book into three parts – contextual and functional issues; country and regional perspectives; and emerging themes and future of human resource management in the Middle East – Budhwar and Mellahi have made a significant contribution to the IHRM literature.’
– Peter J. Dowling, La Trobe University, Australia

Contributors: F. Afiouni, S.E. Al-Ajmi, R. Al Amri, K.E. Al-Ajmi, F.B. AL-Husan, F.B. AL-Husan, M. Al-Jahwari, R.E. Bateman, P.S. Budhwar, N. Cornelius, B. Covarrubias Venegas, A. El Dirani, A. Elamin, G. El-Kot, A. Giangreco, A.J. Glaister, C. Guermat, E.C. Harrison, W. Harry, A. Haslberger, A. Hassi, M. Hirekhan, D. Jamali, R. Mahmoudi, K. Mellahi, D.R. Murtada, S. Nakhle, P. Namazie, Y.A. Nasief, A.M. Pahlavnejad, E. Pezet, S. Raheem, B. Ramdani, S. Sayce, S. Singh, D.P. Spicer, M. Ta’Amnha, H.A. Tlaiss, O. Tregaskis, J. Vakkayil, M.F. Waxin









Contents:

Part 1 Contextual and Functional Issues
1. The Middle East Context: An Introduction
Pawan S. Budhwar and Kamel Mellahi

2. Cultural Perspectives in HRM in Middle East and North Africa
Pari Namazie and Barbara Covarrubias Venegas

3. Society Level Factors Impacting HRM in the Middle East
Wes Harry

4. Performance Appraisal Systems in the Middle East
Antonio Giangreco and Jacob Vakkayil

5. Talent Management in the Middle East
Salma Raheem

Part II Country and Regional Perspectives:
Section A: HRM in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
6. Human Resource Management in Oman
Misida Al-Jahwari and Pawan S. Budhwar

7. Human Resource Management in the United Arab Emirates
Marie F. Waxin and Rob E. Bateman

8. Human Resource Management in Saudi Arabia
Hayfaa A. Tlaiss and Abdallah Elamin

Section B:HRM in Levant Countries
9. Human Resource Management in Iran
Pari Namazie and Amir Mohammad Pahlavnejad

10. Human Resource Management in Lebanon
Fida Afiouni and Sinine Nakhle

Section C: HRM in North Africa
11. Human Resource Management in Egypt
Ghada El-Kot

12. Human Resource Management in Algeria
Boumediene Ramdani, Kamel Mellahi and Cherif Guermat

13. Human Resource Management in Morocco
Abderrahman Hassi

Part 3 Emerging Themes and Future of HRM in the Middle East
14. Employment Relations of Domestic Workers in Kuwait: The Employer’s Perspective
Khaled Essa Al-Ajmi, Manjusha Hirekhan, Pawan S. Budhwar, Sara Essa Al-Ajmi and Sneha Singh

15. Labour Localisation and HRM Practices in the Gulf Countries
Marie F. Waxin and Rob E. Bateman

16. Expatriate Management across the Middle East and North Africa region
Edelweiss C. Harrison and Arno Haslberger

17. Talent Management Practice in Oman – The Institutional Perspective
Rayya Al Amri, Alison J. Glaister and David P. Spicer

18. Privatisation, Investments and HR in Foreign Firms Operating in the Middle East
Faten Baddar AL-Husan and Fawaz Baddar ALHussan

19. A Blueprint for the Role of HRM in CSR in the Middle East
Dima Jamali and Ali El Dirani

20. HRM in the Public Sector in the Middle East
Nelarine Cornelius, Eric Pezet, Ramin Mahmoudi, and Dima Ramez Murtada

21. Wasta in the Jordanian Context
Mohammad Ta’Amnha, Susan Sayce, and Olga Tregaskis

22. Towards a Framework for the Analysis of Labour Localisation Practices in Saudi Arabia and the GCC Countries
Yassir Abdulaziz Nasief

23. HRM in the Middle East: State of the Field and Directions for Future Research
Kamel Mellahi and Pawan S. Budhwar

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