Leila Belkhiria Jaber was an independent Tunisian tech entrepreneur when her brother died of cancer at a young age, leaving behind the unfulfilled promise of a company he founded. Out of a sense of duty, Jaber reluctantly took control of Netway BSB, and has since guided it to success. Doing so, she tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, has been the best way to honor him. "Because this firm is still here, it is as if he is not gone," she says.
Published: June 11, 2013 By Refocusing the Family Business, a Daughter Is Awarded Control
After helping her parents restructure the business they built from scratch in the United Arab Emirates, Rasha Shehada was picked to take over the company, Diamond Line, a hotel supplies distributor. Despite being in her 20s, Shehada tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton that the new measures and practices she put into place made the decision to give her a leadership position an easy choice.
Published: March 19, 2013 Once a Family Tradition, Corner Stores in the Emirates Face Tough Times
Before the advent of air-conditioned megamalls and international grocery chains in the United Arab Emirates, most locals shopped at family-run small convenience stores in their neighborhoods. Increased competition for customers and recent government measures aimed at modernizing these rustic corner shops, though, have made times tough. They still are a staple of the small- and medium-sized enterprise segment of the country, but most corner store owners wonder about the future and don't expect their children to carry on their stores when they retire.
Published: September 18, 2012 Malcolm Grant on Higher Education's Challenges: Getting Smarter About Costs, and Increasing Intellectual Collaboration
Despite publicly funded higher education institutions facing financial cuts across the globe, the University College London president and provost Malcolm Grant says there are ways for schools to manage costs and still conduct worthwhile research and provide intellectual innovation. One critical step, he says, is greater collaboration between universities in researching key contemporary issues. In a discussion with Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, the UCL president explains how his school has weathered financial strains, the reasons why universities need to collaborate more, and how UCL has built institutional ties with the Middle East and North Africa.
Published: March 19, 2012 When Navigating Europe's Markets, Gulf Companies Should Consider the Acquisition Route
With multiple languages, differing business customs, high taxes and strict regulations, the European market may seem daunting to any Gulf company considering operations there for the first time. But with proper preparation, the European market provides stable business and little hassle, according to one Kuwaiti firm with over a decade of experience. A strategy to consider when initiating business in Europe, the firm's managing director tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, is acquiring a local company to overcome setup and transition issues.
Published: October 11, 2011