Business Enterprises and Development : Qualitative Approaches and Case Studies II

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development (host committee)

Language: English

In this session, we seek to explore with evidence the type of management approaches that are practiced in selected countries amidst an increasing but insufficient interpretation of the current situation. There is a need for a clear understanding of how local and international organizations are managed because: i) there is an apparent gap in the literature on management and leadership as most of the recent studies are limited in scope and unconvincing in their theoretical and methodological approaches; ii) decision makers in general and managers in particular of both public and private sector organisations have encountered increasing challenges of having to balance between the demands of a globalising power of business and the requirements of a localising power of culture and politics. The effects of globalisation have been felt throughout the world especially after the 2008 financial crisis and the recent decline in oil prices and revenues from tourism and the complexity of the eminent economic, social and political changes that have very often resulted in contradictory and problematic outcomes, especially where opportunities for development, in terms of labour and raw materials, are available but not properly used. The consequence of this lack of understanding of management is a mere concentration on trying to tackle the symptoms of problems not the roots of the problem.
Session Organizers:
Ulrike M.M. SCHUERKENS, University Rennes 2 - LiRIS EA 7481 and EHESS, France and Michel VILLETTE, AgroParisTech, France
Habibul KHONDKER, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Oral Presentations
Business Management in Africa and the Arab Countries: Global Standards and Local Practices
Ulrike M.M. SCHUERKENS, University Rennes 2 - LiRIS EA 7481 and EHESS, France; Michel VILLETTE, AgroParisTech, France; Habibul KHONDKER, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
The Marginalization of Local Communities in Oil Projects in Chad
Yorbana SEIGN-GOURA, University of Neuchatel, Institute of Sociology., Switzerland