The leadership narratives of Senior Emiratis working alongside Western Expatriates

Academic interest in cultural differences is well established and the literature on leadership is extensive, however, much of this is written from a Western perspective on Western practice. As other regions become economically dominant, there is an emerging discourse into how leadership is practiced in different social, religious, political and economic contexts.

This research explores how senior Emirati leaders construct their understanding of leadership and how they make sense of their role. For instance, what do they seek to emulate from Western expatriate leaders and what do they reject? How do they seek to integrate more traditional and religious practices and beliefs?

Initial findings were presented at the 6th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference, 7-9 July 2014

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Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability

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