Pounder, J. and Clarke, M. (2008), "A focus on business", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 1 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ebs.2008.34901baa.001
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A focus on business
Article Type: Editorial From: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 1, Issue 2
The second issue of EBS takes a business focus and examines an array of issues relevant to the managerial and legal environment in the Middle East. Ingo Forstenlechner, for example, examines the process of Emiratization in the UAE and contrasts the image of Emiratization with the actual process of integrating UAE nationals. Continuing the theme of integration, Khalid Al-Rawi examines just what it takes to produce effective teamwork in UAE organizations. There can be little doubt that effectiveness in Arabic organizations generally requires the full utilization of human capital and in this context, Katlin Omair provides a comprehensive review of research that explores the position of Arabic women in management. A further factor contributing to organizational effectiveness in the extent to which management education reflects the real needs of practitioners in the Middle East and it is this theme that is the focus of the research conducted by Belal Barhem and his co-researchers in the UAE that is reported in their paper contained in this issue. Continuing the focus on education, Mark van Hoorebeek and Chris Gale guide us through a curriculum initiative in the Bradford University Law School that has resulted in the development of a robust teaching area centred on Sharia Law. The final paper by Saeed Askary and co-authors places business within a Middle Eastern cultural context and examines the extent to which accounting systems reflect the national cultural dimensions within which they are embedded. We hope you enjoy these contributions and trust that they will provide some possible answers to issues that concern academics and business practitioners in the Middle East.
Jim Pounder and Matthew Clarke