Dubai Women’s College hosts a conference on managing human resources during economic crisis

Published November 22nd, 2009 - 01:39 GMT
Dubai Women’s College (DWC) hosted today the conference, “Re-Thinking HR in the Current Financial Crisis”, organized by DWC Business students, in association with The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Featured speaker at the Conference was Mr. Ammar Shams, Head of HR in HSBC, who elaborated on the importance of HR role during crisis. He mentioned that HR role during the current crisis has become more than an administrative function; it became an essential part of the business transformation process through managing, retaining and growing talent.
Students from HCT Colleges - Ras Al Khaimah Men’s College, Al Ain Women’s College, Abu Dhabi Women’s College attended the Conference. DWC’s top 10 HR students presented case studies on how to improve HR systems and processes in times of crises. Five managers from different prominent companies with experience in the field were invited to judge the competition based on student research skills and knowledge of the subject.
“At Dubai Women’s College, we encourage scientific reasoning, rational thinking and employment of scientific methodology. This conference has helped our students in engaging with the HR challenges in a deeper and more critical way” said Dr. Syed Bashir, DWC Lead Faculty-Academic & HR Curriculum Leader.
Aside from the competition, HR Conference featured 2 workshops conducted by DWC students. The workshops focused on Human Resource Management (HRM) as a key area of focus in 2009 as companies and government organizations put in place strategies to cope with the economic crisis and recovery. The so called “war for talent” is on the backburner as the focus shifts to hiring freezes, benefits and compensation cost management, and workforce reductions in the hardest-hit segments.
Eman Abdulla Abdulrahman, a Bachelor Year 2 Business student and a Strategy and System Executive at People Excellence Department - The Executive Council said “The HR conference has provided me with an exceptional opportunity to enhance and upgrade my research and analytical skills in the Human Resources Field. It also enlightened me with valuable information about how to design and construct effective and interactive Human Resources Systems within the current critical economic situations to enhance employees’ welfare and environment in the workplace.”
DWC is a pioneer in empowering women to become global leaders and it’s the first academic institution to win the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award in 2006.

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