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VDM Publishing House, September 2010, Pages: 288
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Abdullah Z. Sheikh, MBA (HRM) Kennesaw, USA PhD (HRM) Nottingham, UK Assistant Professor, Abu Dhabi University. Fifteen years experience in the US, the UK, the UAE, China and Pakistan. I have previously taught HRM in Nottingham University Business School for 4 years. I worked in corporate settings in both the United States and Pakistan.