Strategy and Entrepreneurship in Arab Countries

Strategy and Entrepreneurship in Arab Countries

by M.S.S. El Namaki

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Strategy and Entrepreneurship in Arab Countries by M.S.S. El Namaki

The book provides a thorough analysis of strategy formulation at country and company level in a number of Arab countries and corporations. It is probably the first serious attempt at exploring the process of strategy setting in those countries and corporations. Countries include Libya, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Corporations include Emirates Airlines (UAE), SABIC (KSA) and Misr Spinning and Weaving, Egypt's largest state owned textile company. The book also deals with the issue of entrepreneurial initiative in Arab countries and traces the bright and dark sides of the concept. Issues such as the achievement motivation of the Arab entrepreneur are explored alongside the issue of actual practice of entrepreneurship and the gaps that emerge from the process. Specific characteristics of Arab entrepreneurship such as family business, a dominant force in Arab countries, are also explored. The role of the financial markets, particularly venture capital and private equity, is especially examined.

About the Author:
M.S.S. El Namaki is a graduate of the universities of Brussels (PhD, 1977), Erasmus (MA, 1967) and Cairo (B.Com, 1960). Professor El Namaki teaches and consults on strategic thinking, entrepreneurship and international business. He is the founder and Dean of the Maastricht School of Management (MSM), Maastricht, The Netherlands (1984-202)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349354023
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/14/2007
Edition description: 1st ed. 2008
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

M.S.S EL NAMAKI is a graduate of the universities of Brussels (Ph D, 1977), Erasmus (MA, 1967) and Cairo (B.Com, 1960) and MIT (Executive Program, 1982). Professor El Namaki teaches and consults on strategic thinking, entrepreneurship and international business. He is past founder and Dean of the Maastricht School of Management (MSM), Maastricht, The Netherlands (1984-2002).

Table of Contents

List of Tables     vii
List of Figures     ix
Preface     xi
Foreword     xii
Strategy and Strategic Thinking
Introduction to Part I     2
A Conceptual and Operational Framework for Business Strategy     3
Country Strategic Thinking     31
Could Capitalist strategies work in Syria?     31
Dubai and Singapore, enroute to a competitive collision?     40
The future strategic positioning of Libya in the international market     50
Corporate Strategic Thinking     59
Emirates pursuing: Is it the right strategy?     59
Does SABIC have the right vision?     67
Misr Spinning and Weaving - Strategic control too little too late!     74
Strategic Behavior     83
Is privatization the right strategy for SOEs in Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia?     83
Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Part II     98
Conceptual and Operational Framework for Entrepreneurship     99
Personality of the Arab Entrepreneur     117
Entry, survival and death of the Arab entrepreneur     117
Bright and dark side of the Arab entrepreneur     129
Capital and Finance     138
Would venture capital work in the GCC?     138
Venture capital: What can Arab institutions learn from the Chinese?     149
Strategic Behavior     155
Family businesses in the Gulf States, a blessing or a challenge?     155
When should an "Arab" entrepreneur call it quits?     162
Annex     171
Bibliography     172
Index     177

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