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Conducting Business in an Emerging Economy: The Case of MNCs in Iraq
by Zwayen, Midhat, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2020, 117; 28264400
Abstract (Summary)

The terrorist group known as ISIS have caused over $15 million in damages to Iraq’s infrastructure requiring over $20 million in reconstruction and recovery costs (Worldbank Group, 2018f). The high levels of needed infrastructure development and rehabilitation in Iraq cannot be financed by the public sector alone (Mustafa, 2016). Therefore, private investment is needed requiring public-private partnerships between the public sector (Iraqi government) and private partners (multinational corporations or MNCs) to construct and operate infrastructure (Zangoueinezhad & Azar, 2014). However, MNCs partnering with the beneficiary public sector may be challenging due to cross-cultural differences (Rozkwitalska, Chmielecki, Przytula, Sulkowski, & Basinska, 2017). The general problem is that cultural differences have a negative impact on organizational learning, knowledge sharing, and social integration of MNCs in emerging economies (Rozkwitalska et al., 2017). The specific problem is that there is a lack of an in-depth understanding of how MNC leaders adjust their leadership style(s) to conduct business in the emerging economy of Iraq. The purpose of this qualitative exploratory single case study was to explore how MNC leaders adjust their leadership style(s) to conduct business in the Iraqi market. The study addressed the following research question: How do MNC leaders adjust their leadership style(s) to mitigate cross-cultural challenges in order to effectively conduct business in the Iraqi market. Open-ended questionnaires were used as a data collection instrument to address the research question by gathering information from one leader from the five MNCs that have contributed to the completion of projects in Iraq about the phenomenon. NVivo 11 assisted the researcher in the data analysis to generate meanings and themes from the data

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hall, Richard
Commitee: Haynes, Shawishi, Preiss, Amy
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations, Business administration, Middle Eastern Studies
Keywords: Terrorism
Publication Number: 28264400
ISBN: 9798557057301
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