Egypt's poor are among the worst-off in the Middle East, often shut out from finding better-paying work in one of the region's largest economies. Raghda El Ebrashi has sought to close that gap, pushing the private sector to employ more from the country's lower ranks, while showing ordinary Egyptians how to become more upwardly mobile. The social entrepreneur tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, "I hate lines that separate people, and I hate boundaries."
Published: February 19, 2013 'More than Coffee Chats and Emails': Sustainable Networking Requires Effort, Authenticity
It's a common refrain in the business world: Networking is the key to success. Building relationships is pivotal. It's not what you know, but whom you know. Yet successful networking goes far beyond handshakes and business card exchanges, noted speakers at the recent 14th Annual Wharton Women in Business Conference.
Published: December 11, 2012 In Yemen, a Different Kind of Battle: Getting People Trained and Finding Good Bureaucrats
Shawki Ahmed Hayel Saeed was the chief financial officer of his family's multinational business before he was tapped to become the governor of a southern Yemeni province. Saeed has his work cut out for him -- the country topped Forbes' "World's Worst Economies" list. But the 51-year-old tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton that he can get things moving. He has the regional contacts to tap for funding and wants to get people ready to work in more stable jobs. What he needs are training programs and enough dedicated civil servants to get government working better.
Published: September 18, 2012 Seems Awkward, Ignores the Rules, but Brilliant: Meet the Maverick Job Candidate
Elliroma Gardiner, an organizational psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, found that employees with maverick personalities could be secret weapons for making a business successful. By encouraging creative, independent thinkers to come up with innovative, brilliant ideas and giving workers the support and time to pursue their projects, companies could introduce the next Angry Birds or Google News to the marketplace. Gardiner tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton that in an economic climate where employees are being asked to do more with fewer resources, hiring that maverick employee may be the way a company can increase its profits.
Published: June 26, 2012 Shrouded in Mystery: Chinese Executive Compensation and the Numbers Behind the Numbers
Since China opened up to the world with its sweeping economic reforms and growth of private-sector enterprises, the model of executive compensation in the country has increasingly mirrored ones in the United States and Europe. So why are Chinese executives paid only a fraction of the compensation earned by their American counterparts in companies of equal size in the same industries? Or are they?
Published: May 14, 2012