Expert Presents Human Resources Development as “Key to Sustainable Growth in the UAE”

Published July 7th, 2007 - 08:34 GMT

Demographic trends and cultural attitudes could be challenging for future growth and productivity in the United Arab Emirates, a leading specialist told a symposium of experts.

World rankings reveal that the UAE has the highest male to female ratio, the highest workforce to population ratio and largest percentage of expatriates as a proportion of population, and the highest rate of population growth.

Dr. Kasim Randeree’s research into the pressures on the personnel building a Knowledge Economy in the United Arab Emirates shows that tackling multiple human resources concerns is a crucial task.

In a keynote presentation, the academic from the British University in Dubai outlined the unusual and extraordinary patterns of development in the UAE, and how they present the management of human resources (HR) in the country with enormous challenges. Taken together, these trends complicate and sometimes rule out the application of conventional HR approaches.

Research suggests that different cultural values influence attitudes to work. Within a nation, these differences are minimised by a shared outlook. In the UAE, the coming together of a wide range of employees creates the potential for conflict, undermining the potential for sustainable growth.

Human resources positions are one of the key areas targeted for Emiratisation by the UAE Labour Ministry, as part of the strategic plan to increase the level of UAE national participation in the private sector. Such forces of social change can be harnessed for the better, argues Randeree.

An appropriate form of HR for maximising these opportunities is one which builds on the way culturally specific leadership styles can improve sustainable productivity. Dr Randeree identified the different approaches used by managers working in the construction industry, which range from “autocratic” to “transformational” in their usefulness.
The research developed in tandem with the decision to launch a dedicated Masters Degree in Human Resource Management, at the British University in Dubai – the region’s first research-based postgraduate university – pending Ministry of Education accreditation.
The initiative will contribute to the wider Emiratisation process by supporting original research into the field of human resources in the Middle East, as well as equipping HR professionals with a range of skills and knowledge in this area. It is being developed in collaboration with the University of Manchester, UK, and through ongoing dialogue with the Dubai Human Resources Forum.
“Focused HR can strengthen the economy by increasing productivity and morale, as well as enabling people to achieve their full potential. The research and teaching of Dr. Randeree helps provide the framework for further professionalisation of the UAE labour market, which is a core part of both BUiD’s mandate and our community responsibility,” declared Dr. Abdullah Alshamsi, Vice-Chancellor .
Dr. Randeree was presented with a special award thanking him for his participation in and leadership of Human Resources development in the region. He was speaking at the Investment in Human Resources Symposium, under the patronage of Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.

About the British University in Dubai

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is the Middle East’s first research-based, postgraduate university. The University was established to facilitate access to world-class education, training and research in the Middle East. BUiD aspires to the highest, internationally recognized British standards as reflected in its partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University and the Cass Business School at City University, London. Each has a five or five-star rating in the UK national Research Assessment Exercise that signifies research of international standard.

The not-for-profit university offers full and part-time Masters Degree programmes and Continuing Professional Development courses in Information Technology, Project Management, the Built Environment, Finance and Banking, Education and IT Management.

All BUiD’s current Masters Programmes have received Accreditation Eligibility Status from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research’s Commission for Academic Accreditation.

The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group and the National Bank of Dubai. The University is governed by a Council under the chairmanship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The Emirates Group, DUCAB, Atkins, Dubai Duty Free, Hyder Consulting, the Emirates Foundation and DUGAS are supporters of the university through financial contributions or the provision of scholarships.


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