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Staff suggestion scheme (3Ss) within the UAE context: Implementation and critical success factors

Abdel Moneim M. B. Ahmed (College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 29 May 2009



There are two main objectives of this exploratory research paper; first is to identify and understand from a management point of view the key success factors in implementing an effective staff suggestion scheme in an organization based in UAE. The second objective is to develop and recommend a model which can bridge the gap between staff suggestion scheme theories and evidence‐based practices.


A literature‐based study that examine the theories related to staff motivation, rewards and recognition, top management involvement, and communication. A qualitative, exploratory research was then conducted using in‐depth and semi‐structured interviews with two leading organizations and five key informants in the field of staff involvement.


The study indicates that many factors have been considered in establishing the staff suggestion schemes by both organizations, issues pertaining to the increasing participation and suggestions implementation were detected. The research has recommended action plans to enhance the performance.

Research limitations/implications

This paper presents a focused literature study and does not contain the first‐hand empirical analysis for individual organizations. It does, however, provide the basis for future research.


This paper will be useful information for managers and researchers seeking to gain further understanding of the different issues related to the staff suggestion scheme.



Moneim M., A. (2009), "Staff suggestion scheme (3Ss) within the UAE context: Implementation and critical success factors", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 153-167.



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