The Arab world – normally a constellation of 22 Arab speaking countries – is a world that experiences its own unique type of management. Several issues stand out regarding management in the this world;
Firstly, management is characterized by huge leader followership. In the Arab world, management takes the form of a clear division between those leading and those being led. From countries to corporations, this division is clear, unlike in other countries, especially Western ones where management is more inclusive. Besides this clear demarcation of roles and designations in management, followers are expected – or at the very least normally do – follow in the footsteps of their leaders. While this has the advantage of easing management, there is always the risk of things going terribly wrong if and when the manager looses their ground.
Culture influences management highly in the Arab world. For instance, the culture of following the rigid rules and regulations is ripe and thrives in the Arab world management. This contrasts sharply with management in other parts of the world where through the practice of sticking to the laid down rules is encouraged, the spirit of exploration appreciated (Editor in Chief, 2015). This gives rise to highly flexible and fluid type of management, which is more adaptive to changing situations and circumstances in the region.
Owing to the fact that the Arab world is a resource rich area that is covered with massive deposits of oil, the management takes special focus of such realities. In majority of entities in the Arab world, the management practiced is that which can be said to be lean and extractive (Carey & Syeed, 2014). The region employs a pyramid based approach in management, with the top consisting of few individuals, with the number increasing as one climbs down the ladder.