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Strategic Talent Management Practices in the United Arab Emirates

Diana Haladay, Rommel Sergio, , Djonde Antiado
Published in Zia World Press Australia
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Pages: 118 - 128

This paper examines the lived experiences of Human Resource (HR) managers from 32 large-scale private and semi-government companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2014, the HR managersfrom recruitment and training and development divisions were interviewed to gather data on the nature of theirtalent management programs. Data were taken from institutional publicationssuch as company policies, procedure manual, institutional programs;and were validated through in-depth interviews with the respondents. The research employed descriptive-qualitative design throughcase study method employing content analysis. The major themes were derived from the clusters of responses from the semi-structured series of interviews. Key findings pointed outthat most companies involved in the study employ traditional talent management approaches rather than using a strategic talent management paradigm. Due to the transient nature of the labour pool and the rapidly changing nature of business in the UAE, HR managers are not able to fully implement “talent management” as a strategic tool but rather are working on transitioning to this practice in the future. The primary challenges facedby HR managers surveyed include: 1) high turnover and low retention, 2) regional cultural practices impacting HR policies and procedures, and 3) operating in various economic zones within theUAE. The degree to which each company surveyed will be able to successfully transition to the strategic talent management model will depend on the company’s ability to address the challenges enumerated in this research. Given the limited research on HR practices in the Middle East, this research study provides significant insights on the current HR practices and challenges facing organizations in the UAE. As such, this research study serves as a benchmark for future studies in this area. In addition, companies within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)can benefit greatly by devising HR talent management strategies based on the findings of this research as they face similar challenges in developing strategic HR talent management practices

About the journal
JournalWorld Review of Business Research
PublisherZia World Press Australia
Open AccessYes