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


Alqahtani, M and Ayentimi, DT, The devolvement of HR practices in Saudi Arabian public universities: Exploring tensions and challenges, Asia Pacific Management Review, 26, (2) pp. 86-94. ISSN 1029-3132 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier BV on behalf of College of Management, National Cheng Kung University

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.apmrv.2020.08.005


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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:strategic HRM, HR devolvement, higher education, Saudi Arabia
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Ayentimi, DT (Dr Desmond Ayentimi)
ID Code:145964
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2021-08-13
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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