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Management research in the Arab World: What is now and what is next?

Said Elbanna, Dina M. Abdelzaher and Nora Ramadan

Journal of International Management, 2020, vol. 26, issue 2

Abstract: Given the significant political and socio-economic transformations occurring in the challenging yet under-researched Arab world nowadays, this study seeks to (1) systematically review the literature in the leading mainstream management journals; and (2) develop a future research agenda that would enhance our understanding of the region. To do this, we conducted a systematic review of 176 published management studies (2000–2016). Our thematic analysis revealed three overarching themes. These were (1) avenues for economic development and improved performance, (2) leveraging and adapting to changing local institutional contexts and (3) overcoming legitimacy concerns/barriers in the Arab world. Our recommendations on the future research agenda of these themes were intended to provide key insights for researchers and managers interested in proactively contributing to the development of a timely research agenda for these promising markets.

Keywords: Arab world; Islam; Management; Literature review; Arab spring; Middle East (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.intman.2020.100734

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