International human resource management: implications for multinational corporations operating in the Arab Middle East

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Abstract

This paper explores the implications for Human Resources development (HRD) and practice for firms operating in the Arab Middle East. The paper makes two key contributions. Firstly, we expand the current understanding of Islamic axiology and the implications of Islamic ethics in a business context. Second we explore successful expatriation within multinationals within the Arab Middle East. We argue that in addition to the global competencies required by expatriates when undertaking an overseas appointment, firms should also provide training and development opportunities in Islamic ethics in order to facilitate effective business-to-business relationshipsto aid effective and efficient socialnetworks. The article outlines a conceptual model of the factors influencing the success of expatriate assignments in the Arab Middle East during each stage of an expatriation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-274
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resources Development and Management
Volume15
Issue number2/3/4
Early online date1 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Islamic Ethics
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Expatriates and Middle East

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