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Volume Three                                                                    Winter 2003-Spring 2004                                                       Numbers 3-4.

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  HUMAN CAPITAL UTILIZATION, EMPOWERMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS: SAUDI

  ARABIA IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

 

  Khalid Alyahya                                                   Richard Vengroff

  Center for Middle East Studies                        Department of Political Science

  Harvard University                                            University of Connecticut

  College House                                                  Storrs, CT 06268

  Cambridge, MA 0213

  Published online: February 10, 2017

  ABSTRACT

This study of bureaucracy and organizational decision making examines bureaucratic and managerial practices pertaining to decision and lead­ership in Arab public organizations and the relationship of power and influence sharing to human capital resource (competence) utilization and organizational effectiveness in public sector organizations. The analysis is based on a recent survey of Saudi public sector administra­tors (n=391). The study examines the importance of participatory deci­sion making for human capital resource utilization. The study’s findings expose a disturbing condition: “a human capital resource utilization and empowerment deficit” at different levels of hierarchy. Participatory management practices are shown to be associated with more effective decision making, competence utilization, and greater job satisfaction.  Under favorable conditions, this ultimately leads to more successful and effective public organizations and contributes to good governance. 

 

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