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Digitization of Human Capital Management Activities in the Zimbabwean Mining Sector: Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Sustainable Development

Volume: 135  ,  Issue: 1 , October    Published Date: 26 October 2023
Publisher Name: IJRP
Views: 278  ,  Download: 161 , Pages: 134 - 155    
DOI: 10.47119/IJRP10013511020235565

Authors

# Author Name
1 Regis Mishaeal Muchowe
2 Hazel Mubango
3 Lloyd Chingwaro

Abstract

The main thrust of this investigation was to closely look on how digital technology has transformed human capital activities in mining companies in Zimbabwe, in realizing sustainable development. The major objective of the study was to understand human capital management activities that have been digitized in mining companies in Zimbabwe in realizing sustainable development. The secondary objectives seek to examine challenges and opportunities that are associated with digitization of human capital management activities in achieving sustainable development. The study employed qualitative methodologies to investigate the problem at hand. A saturation point method was used to determine sample size of human capital professionals in the Zimbabwean mining sector. Saturation point was reached at the 15th interview participant, and interviews were discontinued. Thematic analysis was utilized to present and categorize data availed by different study participants. The study established that human capital management functions such as recruitment and selection, training, reward management, employee records management and flexible work arrangements have been digitized. Challenges of digitization identified include increase in unemployment, lack of infrastructure, lack of skills and resistance from older employees. Opportunities of digitization included the realization of sustainable development goals 3, 4, 5, 12 and13. The study recommends organizations to fully digitize their human capital management processes, and also come up with policies that make digitization implementation clear and easier to achieve sustainable development goals.

Keywords

  • digitization
  • human capital management
  • sustainable development
  • technology
  • mining