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Beliefs about work in the Middle East and the convergence versus divergence of values

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  • Robertson, Christopher J.
  • Al-Khatib, Jamal A.
  • Al-Habib, Mohammed
  • Lanoue, Darryl

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In this paper, 365 managers and employees from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman are queried about their work-related beliefs to determine the extent to which any of these countries may be experiencing a shift in cultural values. Results from the testing of various convergence versus divergence based hypotheses suggest that Saudi Arabia is more steadfast in its work beliefs while Kuwait and Oman appear to be more susceptible to influences by external forces.

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  • Robertson, Christopher J. & Al-Khatib, Jamal A. & Al-Habib, Mohammed & Lanoue, Darryl, 2001. "Beliefs about work in the Middle East and the convergence versus divergence of values," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 223-244, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:36:y:2001:i:3:p:223-244
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