Academic staff recruitment and selection in Sultanate of Oman : the case of Colleges of Technology in Ministry of Manpower

Al Muniri, K 2012, Academic staff recruitment and selection in Sultanate of Oman : the case of Colleges of Technology in Ministry of Manpower , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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The focus of this research is on the recruitment and selection (R&S) practices and processes used by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Colleges of Technology (CTs) in Oman. The recent rapid expansion of these CTs has raised the required numbers of academic staff from 250 in 1984 to 1600 in 2012. Given this major and rapid expansion in the MOM CTs, a number of officials concerned have articulated concerns about the quality of the R&S of academic staff. The main purpose of this study has been to explore the practices and processes used to recruit and select these staff members. The study was guided by a review of relevant literature, through which theories of recruitment and selection were explored, in order to help in investigating the extent to which academic staff recruitment and selection in the MOM CTs corresponded in theory and practice with the good practice reported in the literature. In order to improve the understanding of the R&S process as currently practised in the CTs and of the contemporary experience of this process, the views of the officials concerned in relation to these processes were explored, using a qualitative methodology. Forty-four semistructured interviews were conducted with recruiters and directors in the MOM, with deans, assistant deans, department heads and section heads in the CTs and with the managers of recruitment agencies. The study makes two major findings. First, many of the techniques and processes implemented in the R&S of academic staff in the MOM CTs were found to deviate from those that have been effective elsewhere. The second finding is that of a common feeling amongst the officials concerned that the recruitment agencies which are currently delegated to recruit academic staff for the CTs do not do so to the necessary professional standard. In addition, the study shows that there is a lack of human resource planning in general and related to academic staff in particular in the MOM CTs. The officials concerned were found to have a clear understanding that there was a problem with the quality of the academic staff R&S process and to hold firm views of what should be done in order to achieve the effective recruitment and selection of such staff.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Sharifi, S (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2021 11:01
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 11:23

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