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The devolvement of HR practices in Saudi Arabian public universities: Exploring tensions and challenges


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Alqahtani, M and Ayentimi, DT ORCID: 0000-0001-5952-3023 2021 , 'The devolvement of HR practices in Saudi Arabian public universities: Exploring tensions and challenges' , Asia Pacific Management Review, vol. 26, no. 2 , pp. 86-94 , doi: 10.1016/j.apmrv.2020.08.005.

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This paper explores tensions and challenges in the devolvement of HR practices and processes as well as opportunities for strategic HRM alignment and how it will benefit Saudi Arabia (SA) higher education institutions. The research found high level of HR devolved to Deans, Heads of Schools and Colleges leading to power struggle, duplication and role ambiguity of HRM functions, loss of credibility and execution complications. These tensions have further been heightened by HR managers resistance to such changes due to uncertainties of losing their status and legitimacy. The lack of recognition and coordination between HR units and faculties points to limited evidence of strategic HRM. This paper supports the alignment and integration of HRM processes and practices within Saudi Arabia's higher education institutions. The findings are valuable for aligning strategic HRM processes and practices to build the human capital of Saudi higher education institutions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Alqahtani, M and Ayentimi, DT
Keywords: strategic HRM, HR devolvement, higher education, Saudi Arabia
Journal or Publication Title: Asia Pacific Management Review
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
ISSN: 1029-3132
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.apmrv.2020.08.005
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© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier BV on behalf of College of Management, National Cheng Kung University

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