Title: Analysing the effects of knowledge management processes on human resource management practices: a case study on an oil company in the Gulf region

Authors: Halil Zaim

Addresses: College of Business Administration, American University of the Middle East, Egaila, Kuwait

Abstract: Both knowledge management (KM) and human resource management (HRM) are considered vital components for gaining sustainable competitive advantage in knowledge economies. This study aims to reveal the effects of KM processes on HRM practices by analysing a case study based on data collected from one of the most important energy companies in the Gulf region. According to Forbs Magazine (Helman, 2015), it is considered as one of the leading companies in hydrocarbons exploration, production, refinement, distribution, shipment and marketing, as well as being one of the world's top exporter of crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The findings indicate that among KM processes, knowledge generation, codification and utilisation have direct impact on HRM practices. Contrastively, knowledge sharing appeared to have no significant effect on HRM practices.

Keywords: knowledge management; human resource management; HRM; knowledge generation; knowledge codification; knowledge sharing; knowledge utilisation; Middle East; oil and gas industry; hydrocarbons; crude oil; natural gas liquids; NGLs.

DOI: 10.1504/MEJM.2016.079749

Middle East Journal of Management, 2016 Vol.3 No.3, pp.230 - 243

Received: 25 May 2016
Accepted: 31 May 2016

Published online: 12 Oct 2016 *

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