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Strategic Human Resource Management in the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum: A Network Perspective


  • Khwaja Abdul Naim Latifi

    (Department of Human Resources, Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Kabul 1001, Afghanistan)

  • Seunghoo Lim

    (Public Management and Policy Analysis Program, Graduate School of International Relations, International University of Japan, Niigata 949-7277, Japan)


The focus of this paper is to examine the strategic role of human resource (HR) management in organizational level goal-setting and decision-making processes and to determine how the Human Resources department collaborates with other departments or outside organizations to execute its practices both within and outside the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP). In this study, social network analysis (SNA) is utilized to analyse the formation of networks for each practice of human resources management (HRM) in the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum. This research has found that although public organizations in Afghanistan lack a modern administrative system due to the unsuccessful implementation of administrative reform, some features of strategic HRM are apparent in the current HRM within public organizations in Afghanistan, particularly in the MoMP. This finding provides insight into the strategic HRM concept, which can contribute more than traditional HRM to improving the sustainability of the MoMP.

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  • Khwaja Abdul Naim Latifi & Seunghoo Lim, 2019. "Strategic Human Resource Management in the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum: A Network Perspective," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 11(14), pages 1-19, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:11:y:2019:i:14:p:3830-:d:248024

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