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Training and Development Challenges in Public Universities: The Case of Saudi Arabian Higher Education / MAJED OTHAYMAN

Swansea University Author: MAJED OTHAYMAN

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This research examines the challenges encountered by training and development (T&D) inpublic higher education universities in Saudi Arabia in terms of needs analysis,implementation, and evaluation. The research emphasizes an understanding of how these problems affect the success rate of T&D...

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Published: Swansea 2022
Institution: Swansea University
Degree level: Doctoral
Degree name: Ph.D
Supervisor: Debrah, Yaw ; Mulyata, John
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa60270
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Abstract: This research examines the challenges encountered by training and development (T&D) inpublic higher education universities in Saudi Arabia in terms of needs analysis,implementation, and evaluation. The research emphasizes an understanding of how these problems affect the success rate of T&D programmes through an analytical study focused on understanding the problems in T&D in these institutions by applying a case study method that researches the perspectives of faculty members and senior managers. In response to anidentified gap in the literature particularly regarding investigating the delivery of T&D programmes in public universities within developing and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, this research seeks to explore T&D in Saudi Arabian Higher Education, with the aim of broadening knowledge in this field and offering a deeper understanding of the T&D situation in these institutions, so that HR departments, decision-makers, and policymakers might be better equipped to effectively implement T&D. Semi-structured interviews were used to gather qualitative data from 85 senior managers and faculty staff at four Saudi Arabian public universities, and this data was interpreted using framework analysis. The results highlight a number of significant challenges to the effective delivery of T&D within these institutions that are likely to hinder the growth of T&D in Saudi public universities and possibly compromise the government’s Saudi Vision 2030 plan. The results indicate limited communication between HR departments and colleges to deliver T&D programmes; biases in the selection processes of academic staff for T&D; lack of interest among faculty members to attend T&D; and lack of coordination in university policy practices. Overall, the findings of this research show that the Saudi Arabian higher education sector has failed to capture the value of T&D, thus compromising competitive advantage through their human capital. In light of the findings, a streamlined framework is developed to suggest ways to overcome the challenges identified, which would improve Human Resources practices and help universities gain the value of their T&D programmes, enhancing the performance of the institution as well as of its staff and students.
Keywords: Training and Development Programmes, HR managers, teachers, Saudi public Universities
College: School of Management