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Investors in people and business excellence in the United Arab Emirates Part 1: establishing the link

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In the context of the United Arab Emirates, the paper explores an emerging synergy between models of business excellence (BE) and the people management framework Investors in People (IIP), within organisational HRD policy and practice. Since the 1990s, driven by the need to enhance international competitiveness, UAE organisations have been encouraged to adopt quality initiatives, often reinforced with prestigious awards. HRD policy and practice has responded accordingly. However, despite its introduction in the late 1980s IIP, an overtly people standard, it is only in recent years that it has begun to be adopted in the UAE. The paper argues that it is by establishing and consciously promoting the links between BE and IIP that provides the basis for the increasing adoption of IIP in the UAE. IIP has been used by UAE organisations to lever effective implementation of BE and lead them toward further learning and performance excellence. This, the first of a two-part article, establishes the strength of the relationship between BE and IIP. Part 2 draws on case study data to highlight the dynamics of the process in more detail.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-92
JournalInternational Journal of HRD Practice Policy and Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


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