SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Management perspectives and sectoral issues in the Middle East and North Africa

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Term 2

This course complements the core course Management in Middle East and North Africa 1. It covers aspects of managerial systems in MENA. It also covers aspects of labour markets in the region, with emphasis on labour market segmentation, education and female employment. Possible causes for low levels of education and the consequences for international competitiveness and economic adjustment are examined. The course also examines trade policy and trade arrangements in MENA, including the Euro-Med agreement and implication and opportunities of World Trade Organization membership. The course also analyses the main principles of the management of renewal and non-renewable resources and their application to the oil industries. The academic elements of the course will be reinforced by contributions from practitioners to the international management programme’s seminar series and invited lecturers.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

This course is complementary  to the course Economic, Business and Institutional Environment of the Middle East and North Africa which puts more emphasis on the business and macroeconomic environment in MENA countries. The emphasis of this course is on sectoral issues such as trade, the energy sector, the banking system, financial markets, telecommunications, and service sectors. The course is designed to be accessible both to those with little prior knowledge of management issues and/or knowledge of the business environment in the MENA.

  • To discuss bilateral and multilateral trade arrangement in MENA and assess their impact on domestic enterprises, multinational corporations and export competitiveness
  • To analyze the main features and recent developments in banking and financial markets in MEAN and their impact on private firm's access to finance
  • To present, identify and analyze the main features of oil and gas markets in MENA
  • To analyze the main features of telecommunications and media in MENA and assess recent developments of media law and regulations and their implication on participation of private sector
  • To appreciate the trajectory taking by the service sector in MENA
  • To explore the main aspects of managerial systems and practices in the regions and the role of family businesses

Method of assessment

Assessment for this course is by one tutorial presentation at 10%; an essay of 4,000 words at 30%; an unseen written examination at 60% of the total grade; all elements except the presentation may be resubmitted

Suggested reading

There is no single textbook that covers all the course topics in the MENA context. A detailed reading list containing the main and supplementary readings will be distributed at the beginning of the course. The course will also rely heavily on case studies. The readings and necessary materials for these case studies will be distributed in the class at the end of each lecture.


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