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Unveiling Dubai’s knowledge economy: a journey toward enhancing knowledge exchange and human capital

Al Ali, Mohammed Ibrahim, Khassawneh, Osama, Haak-Saheem, Washika, Zeng, Jing, Darwish, Tamer (2023) Unveiling Dubai’s knowledge economy: a journey toward enhancing knowledge exchange and human capital. Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, . ISSN 2514-9342. (doi:10.1108/GKMC-06-2023-0214) (KAR id:103547)


Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors that influence the development of human capital by examining the interplay between different organizational mechanisms, including leadership, organizational culture and human resources management (HRM) practices. This study aims to enhance our understanding of how knowledge exchange influences human capital, with a specific focus on the unique context of Dubai, an area and context that have been underexplored in this research domain.

Design/methodology/approach – This study used a survey-based approach, involving 611 participants working across different sectors based in Dubai. This study used partial least squares structural equation modeling as the statistical analysis method. Findings – The results of the study indicate that leadership behaviors have a predictive influence on organizational culture. In turn, organizational culture significantly affects knowledge exchange. Additionally, the study reveals that commitment based HRM practices play a significant moderating role in the relationship between organizational culture and knowledge exchange.

Originality/value – This study contributes to the existing literature by providing valuable insights into the interplay between leadership, organizational culture and commitment-based HRM practices. By exploring these factors and their influence on knowledge exchange and human capital, the study enhances both the theoretical understanding and practical application in this field.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/GKMC-06-2023-0214
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Uncontrolled keywords: Leadership, Knowledge exchange, Human capital, Organizational culture, Dubai
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Maggie Zeng
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2023 12:03 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2023 09:45 UTC
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