Survey of Local Managers
Management culture in Arab countries

The survey

This survey is intended for locals in the Arab Gulf Countries who are in a management position or having managerial responsibilities. If that is your case, please do continue and answer the questions. Otherwise, thank you but you do not need to answer this survey.

As globalisation advances it becomes increasingly important to know the different management cultures with which we do ever more business. More and more managers are working away from their native countries and need to understand and be understood. This survey is being carried out in five Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain) to understand expatriates’ perception of 1) local business environment; 2) local management style; 3) local market; 4) and cross-cultural issues.

This survey is about individual attitudes and not about corporate policies or views, so please be as frank as possible. Clearly, there are managers of all temperaments and abilities but we are asking for your generalised idea of typical local managers in the country where you are working, based on your personal experience both in and outside your organisation.

Your answers are confidential. The identities and organisations of those responding will not be disclosed to any third party and will only be used in aggregate. For any queries, please contact Dr Akram Al Ariss

About the organizers of the survey

Akram Al Ariss is the coordinator and lead author of this project. He is professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) at Toulouse Business School, one of the top business schools in France and Europe (consistently listed by the Financial Times). He was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics in 2012 and is affiliated with Pennsylvania State University (USA). He holds a Ph.D. from Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia (UK). Email:

Chris Brewster is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley, one of Europe’s oldest and most renowned management schools. He has conducted extensive research in the field of international and comparative HRM and published some twenty books and over a hundred articles. In 2002 he was awarded the Georges Petitpas Memorial Award by the practitioner body, the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international human resource management.

Clive Bennett has coordinated similar projects (with the same questionnaire) in various European countries. He is an executive coach and European Executive Director of the global accountancy network MGI. Clive has an MA in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He is British but has lived in Portugal for 25 years and has published numerous articles and studies. His European studies on management culture received widespread press coverage and are used as basic texts in university courses in Portugal and some Central/Eastern European counties.

Abed Adam Hoteit, research assistant on this project, is specialized in auditing and consulting of large organizations. Currently working in internal audit at Qatar Investment Authority, he advised and audited main European Banks. Abed holds a masters degree in Strategy and Management of international business from ESSEC Business School (France). With French and Lebanese citizenship and diverse cultural background, Abed Is interested in research in the field of Human Resource Management. Specifically diversity management, understanding the impacts of cultural complex environments on business and expatriation.

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