Mr Khalid Ambusaidi

Research project: Human Resources Practices in Omani SMEs


Development of SMEs in Oman is becoming a strategic initiative in the country. Since Human Resources Management (HRM) is a crucial part in any business, it is also fundamental to look after employees, address their needs and explore various ways to motivate them. The research aims at investigating how HRM can be better motivated in SMEs in Oman. The research is an extension to the master dissertation that was completed in October 2016 (Bournemouth University) which addressed the issue of motivating employees in complex projects in the oil and gas industry in Oman as part of the MSc Engineering Project Management. The focus here is with SMEs and HRM, how to motivate Omanis to work with SMEs, their needs, motivational factors to stay with SMEs. Also on what SMEs needs are such as incentives, government support, access to knowledge, etc for survival and sustainability especially in touch times.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Human Resources Practices in Omani SMEs
  • Research supervisor: Dr Jean Qi Wei
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Jean Qi Wei


I graduated from Reading University back in 2003 awarded BSc in quantity surveying and construction management engineering. Completed MBA in 2011 from Bedfordshire University as part time. Completed MSc full time from Bournemouth University in 2016. Member of the chartered institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) in 2019. Currently working in Oman as Contracts and Procurement manager in the oil and gas sector. I have almost 17 years of working experience in total mainly in the oil and gas, in supply chain management, contracts and procurement, business management and administration. By completing the PhD, I wish to join the academic sector and be a researcher in an educational institute such as reputable university.

Areas of research interest

  • Small to Medium Enterprizes
  • Business and Management
  • Business Administration
  • HR in SMEs


  • BSc Construction Management and Quantity Surveying - Reading University - 2003
  • MBA - Bedfordshire University - 2011
  • MSc Project Management Engineering - Bournemouth University - 2016
  • MCIPS - Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply - 2019

Funding or awards received

  • Oman Government Funding - 1998 - 2003 for BSc in Reading
  • Petroleum Development Oman Funding - 2016 for MSc in Bournemouth
  • Petroleum Development Oman Funding - 2016 for MCIPS