Hr Practices in Uae

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High involvement work practices that really count: perspectives from the UAE
Mohamed Behery
College of Business Administration, University of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose – The aim of the current study is to examine the impact of high involvement work practices (HIWPs) upon trust and commitment in a non-Western cultural context, namely the UAE. Design/methodology/approach – Quantitative, empirical data for the study were collected using self-administered questionnaires with 600 participants from different service organizations in the UAE. Respondents were asked to provide their perceptions of a range of practices and their impact on trust and commitment. Findings – The analyses support a model in which a collection of HIWPs positively influenced trust and commitment. In addition, work status and citizenship were used as control variables and played a partially significant role in explaining the effect of those practices on the outcomes. Research limitations/implications – The findings imply that managers should realize that implementing high involvement policies, and benefiting from them, is not as simple as instituting a single practice. What is required is an organizational culture that cultivates HIWPs. Originality/value – Since little is known about the process by which UAE organizations promote the HIWPs, this article is the first to examine these issues in a non-Western setting. Consequently, it contributes to the literature by examining whether the empirical results found in Western environments can be extended to non-Western contexts. Keywords Working practices, Trust, Employee behaviour, Employee attitudes, United Arab Emirates Paper type Research paper

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Introduction Many managers and researchers have come to believe that employee involvement has a positive effect on organizational...