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The Impact of Societal Culture on Practice: People Management in Colleges in Pakistan

Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice
Volume 24 Issue 2 (2009)

Abstract: Global mobilization, complex eco-political situations and the internationalization of education are changing work scenarios on educational sites. International study schools, trans-national educational institutions, distance learning, a mobile work force and shifting population structures are bringing together people with diverse cultural, ethnic, national and faith values, behaviours and expectations. In order to manage people with sensitivity in diverse work contexts, a better understanding is needed of the complex forces that underpin people management practice. This paper draws on a study of college heads in Pakistan to explore the issues and challenges in people management in that particular societal context. It explores the impact of societal culture and values in a Muslim society. It addresses a knowledge gap in human resource management (HRM) literature, and supports the argument that people management practices are 'situated' culturally, ethnically and contextually. It highlights the importance of developing an understanding of contexts, histories, and cultural and belief systems in HRM contexts.

To cite this article: Shah, Saeeda. The Impact of Societal Culture on Practice: People Management in Colleges in Pakistan [online]. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2009: 3-17. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=941195311532692;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1178-8690. [cited 26 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Shah, Saeeda; Source: Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2009: 3-17 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1178-8690 Subject: Professional education; Universities and colleges; Personnel management--Study and teaching; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) School of Education, University of Leicester, email: sjas2@le.ac.uk

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection