Human resource development in the Sultanate of Oman

Budhwar, Pawan S.; Al-Yahmadi, Saud and Debrah, Yaw (2002). Human resource development in the Sultanate of Oman. International Journal of Training and Development, 6 (3), pp. 198-215.


This study explores the scenario of human resource development (HRD) in the Sultanate of Oman. The investigation was conducted with the help of a questionnaire survey in stateowned enterprises (SOEs). The research findings highlight an increased emphasis on HRD initiatives at a national level in Omani firms. There is a significant degree of awareness among the top managers regarding the benefits of a strategic approach to HRD. Despite all this, the implementation of HRD programmes has not been particularly successful. This is because the state has not been able to develop the skills and competencies of the Omani workforce to the levels required under the sixth national five–year plan. The article makes a number of recommendations in this regard. It also highlights key research areas for further examination.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: human resource development,HRD,Sultanate of Oman,stateowned enterprises,SOEs,strategic approach
Published Date: 2002-09


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