Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Bedouin of the Sinai/Naqab: Technology and Commercial Change
by Thompson, Frazer G., Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2020, 228; 27959598
Abstract (Summary)

This study seeks to identify the personal and professional attributes that help define a successful path forward to overcome the educational, cultural, and economic obstacles that may prohibit the entry of Bedouin graduates into the Israeli high-tech field. This descriptive narrative case study investigates the ontology (nature of reality), epistemology (nature of knowledge), and the methodology (how the knowledge is discovered) that represent the multi-dimensional concept of Bedouin business success. A series of one-on-one interviews, focus group sessions, and overt observation provides data toward identifying factors contributing to motivation, learning, and career planning, as reflected in the paradigm of Israeli society from the Bedouin perspective. Results of the research, when evaluated in the ITPOSMO success factor model, indicate that none of the three major ITPOSMO categories (technical, human, organizational) are solely responsible for the success of Sadel Tech. Components of each category and the impacts of cultural acumen, family, and leadership play a significant role in both Arab-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli economic and entrepreneurial accomplishment. The findings also suggest that significant differences do exist between Arab and Jewish entrepreneurship regarding the entrepreneurs' background, experience, and managerial perspective. Analysis does not support the contention that marginalization of the Bedouin is a significant contributor to the lack of educational and professional opportunities for Bedouin in Israel and that other more significant factors exist as obstacles to Bedouin youth graduates. These results also demonstrate that the opportunity horizon for Bedouin in Israel is evolving. A thorough examination of each one of these success factors individually is warranted toward assessing the actions needed to further enhance the socio-economic benefits and success of Bedouin business from a strategic level.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wood, Evan D, Brunson, Khatina
Commitee:
School: Northcentral University
Department: School of Business and Technology Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Business administration, Engineering, Psychology
Keywords: Arab entrepreneur, Bedouin education, Economic anthropology, Engineer, Israeli tech, Silicon Wadi
Publication Number: 27959598
ISBN: 9798643197751
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