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The Effect of Wasta on Business Conduct and HRM in Jordan

Ali, Sa'ad, Raiden, A. and Kirk, S. (2013) The Effect of Wasta on Business Conduct and HRM in Jordan. In: British Academy of Management Conference 2013: Managing to Make a Difference, 10th - 12th September 2013, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.

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Despite rapid globalisation, boom in multinational business and increasing interest in international human resource management (IHRM) generally, research on developing countries in the Middle-East is limited. A three year PhD research project seeks to begin to fill this gap by studying the effect of Jordanian culture on the transfer of western recruitment and selection (R&S) frameworks into Jordan. This paper opens up an investigation into a cultural concept at the heart of management and human resource management (HRM) in Jordan: ‘wasta’. Wasta is a concept that springs from tribalism; favouritism based on family and tribal relations. For multinational organisations this presents a challenge in balancing the western idea of fairness, equal opportunities and diversity and the local system based on favouritism. We argue that the perceived benefits of wasta cannot match the moral case for a merit based model.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Jordan, wasta, International Human Resource Management, multinational organisations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Saad Ali
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 14:13
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:12

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