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Publication date: 1 March 2011

Belal Barhem, Hassan Younies, Mustafa Z. Younis and Pamela C. Smith

This study aims to investigate workplace stress and its related patterns (sources, patient interactions, and coping strategies) among health care employees in the United…

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This study aims to investigate workplace stress and its related patterns (sources, patient interactions, and coping strategies) among health care employees in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Academic research in this area is limited, and the globalization of health care services requires an examination of areas that have the potential to affect employee performance - which ultimately impacts health care service and quality. Based on a sample of 175 employees from both public and private health care organizations, results indicate the primary source of workplace stress is role ambiguity, while the lowest cause of stress is patients. The primary coping strategy used by our sample participants is productiveness and activity. Our findings are useful to healthcare management in order to address employee stress-related concerns, and increase the quality of health care provided.

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International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1093-4537

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Publication date: 23 August 2011

Belal Barhem, Hassan Younies and Pamela C. Smith

The purpose of this paper is to rank the importance of global manager characteristics according to the views of private and public leaders in the United Arab Emirates…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to rank the importance of global manager characteristics according to the views of private and public leaders in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition, it will establish the most important and in demand managerial knowledge for UAE managers over the next five years.

Design/methodology/approach

This study was conducted using a two‐part questionnaire developed by the researchers. The purpose of the 52‐item questionnaire is to assess managers' ability to work in an international business environment. The sample includes 180 managers, from different public and private organizations in the UAE. Based on prior research, the characteristics examined include the following: communication skills, adaptability, open‐mindedness to foreign environments, strong technical skills, stress management, ability to work well with others, social intelligence, and valuing diversity and multicultural teamwork. Factor analysis is used to analyze the importance of these global leader characteristics.

Findings

The study found that the sample of UAE managers feel the top five global manager skills are: strong desire to go overseas, specific knowledge of overseas culture, the ability to adapt to time differences, the capacity to deal with expatriate work assignments, and overseas experience. In terms of the future, computer skills, communication skills, knowledge of worldwide networks and contacts, knowledge of home culture, and the ability to understand cultural dynamics are the most important skills.

Originality/value

The results will help in defining the major characteristics of future global managers in the UAE and the Gulf Corporation Council region.

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Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-7983

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Publication date: 29 May 2009

Belal Barhem, Hassan Younies and Rusnah Muhamad

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between religiosity and the feeling of work stress, as represented by Muslim attitudes towards the religiosity scale.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between religiosity and the feeling of work stress, as represented by Muslim attitudes towards the religiosity scale.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 212 employees from the United Arab Emirates participated in the study. Frequencies, regression, ANOVA, and ratios were applied in the paper.

Findings

The major results revealed that self‐evaluation of faith level is not related significantly to any dependent variable. The majority of the respondents reported a low level of faith. Muslim females were identified to experience more work stress than males. Additional studies concerned with other religions can provide more comprehensive findings related to the relationship between religion and work stress.

Originality/value

Multinational corporation and other business organizations can derive great benefit from the results of this paper with regard to business in Islamic countries.

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Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-7983

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Publication date: 15 June 2015

Yasir Fadol, Belal Barhem and Said Elbanna

The purpose of this paper is to improve the understanding of the mediating role of the extensiveness of strategic planning on the relationship between slack resources and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to improve the understanding of the mediating role of the extensiveness of strategic planning on the relationship between slack resources and organizational performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses empirical data gathered from 102 usable replies from private and also public hospitals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Findings

The findings indicate the existence of a positive relationship between slack resources and organizational performance and show that the extensiveness of strategic planning plays a mediating role in this relationship.

Research limitations/implications

The authors highlight the exploratory nature of the study considering its unusual setting, namely, the UAE’s health care sector.

Practical implications

Several implications of the findings for managerial and policy practices in the UAE health care sector are discussed.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the existing literature on management, health care, and developing countries by examining the role of the extensiveness of strategic planning in mediating the relationship between slack resources and organizational performance in the health care industry of a developing country.

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Management Decision, vol. 53 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 30 May 2008

Belal Barhem, Adel H. Salih and Darwish A. Yousef

The purpose of this paper is to capture some of the challenges and emerging trends in business education.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to capture some of the challenges and emerging trends in business education.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 155 business leaders who work in the UAE has responded to the survey.

Findings

The results of this study revealed the most important skills and competencies that local business leaders would like to see university graduates now and five years from now. In addition business leaders have pointed out the important level of the management areas to their companies now and five years from now.

Originality/value

The paper highlights business leaders' opinions and views in relation to the relative importance of skills needed in their companies.

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Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, vol. 1 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-7983

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Publication date: 23 August 2011

Kay Gallagher and James Pounder

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Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-7983

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Publication date: 29 May 2009

James Pounder and Matthew Clarke

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Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-7983

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Publication date: 30 May 2008

Jim Pounder and Matthew Clarke

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Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, vol. 1 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-7983

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