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Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration

ISSN: 1757-4323

Online from: 2009

Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies

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Human resource management: an Islamic perspective

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Title:Human resource management: an Islamic perspective
Author(s):Bilal Khan, (Department of Business Administration, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India), Ayesha Farooq, (Department of Business Administration, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India), Zareen Hussain, (Department of Business Administration, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India)
Citation:Bilal Khan, Ayesha Farooq, Zareen Hussain, (2010) "Human resource management: an Islamic perspective", Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Vol. 2 Iss: 1, pp.17 - 34
Keywords:Core beliefs, Cross-cultural management, Human resource management, Islam, Social values
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/17574321011037558 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – Organizations manipulate themselves as per the legal, political, and social values of the particular country where they operate. As a result, the operations and human resources (HRs) of business corporations are handled as the environmental fabric of that country suggests. The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework describing the aspects of modern day human resource management (HRM) and HRM from Islamic perspective.

Design/methodology/approach – The framework is presented in five broad categories – the message of Islam, Islam in different nations, Islam and work, Islam and managerial dimensions, and Islam and HRM practices. Secondary data have been used to gain knowledge about teachings of Islam and how they can be practiced in order to manage HR effectively. Detailed discussion has been incorporated regarding the Islamic culture and how it can be practiced in the organizations while conducting different HR activities. It has been kept in mind to maintain the originality of the paper though any changes in the message of Quran and Prophet (s.a.w.) cannot be incorporated. If the organizations will be managed from Islamic perspective, managers will not only gain success but will also be at peace knowing that they are doing work for Allah.

Findings – This paper concludes Islam is more a “way of life” than a mere religion. In a nutshell, it teaches how a believer has to oblige to the commitment to his faith. Businessmen believe materialistic accumulation is all they are living for. But in reality, it is temporary. Their good deeds and behavior with people irrespective of any discrimination will remain forever.

Originality/value – A conceptual model of HRM and Islam is presented that provides an explanation of the linkage between the two.

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