CHAPTER 6

Management Styles in the Gulf

If Allah puts anyone in the position of authority over the Muslims’ affairs and he secludes himself (from them), not fulfilling their needs, wants, and poverty, Allah will keep Himself away from him, not fulfilling his need, want, and poverty.1

Managers new to the region may find the approach to management in the Gulf quite different from what they have experienced in other parts of the world. This chapter presents an overview of management styles typical in the Arab world, and the Gulf in particular. We also consider cultural and historical reasons behind the management approach commonly used in the region and identify some cultural issues that may confuse non-Arab managers. Finally, we discuss the role ...

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