Monday, 20 October 2014

My reflection - a symposium on improving electoral process in the Maldives

Recently I attended a symposium on improving electoral processes in the Maldives. The symposium was first of its kind held in the Maldives.  It was also the first official gathering that I have attended after five years of absence from the political and social scene of the country. Therefore, it was a great learning experience for me. It was also a great opportunity for me to realize how things have changed over the last 5 years and to determine what I need to do in order to be able to better fit/integrate in to this society. I would like to share two important lessons that I learned by taking part in the symposium.

1    Seeking an ideal solution
Discussions were skewed towards finding an ideal solution rather than reaching consensus on important issues. It seems that incremental or continuous improvement (step-by-step approach) is not in stakeholders’ vocabulary.

2    Blaming the legal framework for the failures of the electoral processes
The stakeholders seem to think that legal framework is the solution for everything. While acknowledging that the existing laws and regulations are not well-implemented, stakeholders are with the view that laws and regulations are panacea for all electoral problems. Hence, they proposed more electoral laws and regulations to be enacted, and to bring about legal clarity and improvements to the electoral legal framework. 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

‘Not for us, but for them’: hospitality industry stakeholder views on design and implementation challenges of Maldivian employment law


Using in-depth interviews and documentary sources, this paper examines the design, content and implementation challenges of the Maldivian employment legislation (Law No.2/2008) from the perspective of hospitality industry stakeholders. The findings reveal that the complex Maldivian context presents unique challenges to employment legislation. Current employment legislation has not served the industry well, providing leeway for employers to avoid it. The paper highlights that the current one-size-fits-all approach to employment relations in the Maldives does not suit the hospitality industry. It also points to the critical role of labour inspection in implementing employment law and the difficulties associated with this in the Maldives. The paper highlights the importance of adopting a combination of rational-materialist and normative-cultural approaches to employment law reforms.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Emerald Publishing outstanding paper award - The role of HR actors in designing and implementing HRM in tourist resorts in the Maldives

The paper, "The role of HR actors in designing and implementing HRM in tourist resorts in the Maldives” published in Employee Relations has been selected by the journal’s Editorial Team as the Outstanding Paper of the year. 

According to the Emerald Publishing, the Outstanding Paper award is the backbone of the Emerald Research Excellence Awards. Papers are judged on their contribution to the body of knowledge, rigor of argument and analysis, relevance to practice and/or further research and overall excellence.

"We aim to increase dissemination of such a high quality article as much as possible and aim to promote your paper by making it freely available for one year. The Outstanding Paper award also gives us a chance to promote your article via social media, marketing campaigns and at conferences", said Emma Hollindrake, Academic Relations Assistant, Emerald Group Publishing Limited  in an email  to the author of the paper. 

The paper can be accessed:

Institutional perspectives in HRM and MNC research: A review of key concepts

Abstract: Institutional theory has been widely applied in human resource management (HRM) and organisational research, particularly in the study of multinational companies (MNCs). Despite this, there is no consensus among institutional scholars about the relevance of some of the institutional concepts used in HRM and MNC research. This paper critically reviews the key concepts of institutional theory in relation to HRM and in the context of MNCs. The paper highlights the aspects of these concepts that researchers may consider when applying institutional theory to future HR and MNC research.

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