Human resource development in the Sultanate of Oman

Pawan S. Budhwar, Saud Al-Yahmadi, Yaw Debrah

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-215
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Training and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2002


  • human resource development
  • HRD
  • Sultanate of Oman
  • stateowned enterprises
  • SOEs
  • strategic approach


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