Theorizing on Arab Family Business
Palaiologos, G. T. (2017). Theorising on Arab Family Businesses.
31 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2018
Date Written: May 31, 2017
The article identifies the distinct characteristics of family businesses in the Arab World and argues that management practice of Arab Family Businesses(AFB) differs significantly from previous testaments of international family business practices. It is also explained that constructs like Namus, Wasta, Diwan, and Asabiyya are vital to distinguish between the international understanding of Family Businesses and Arab Family Businesses.
The differentiating factors of Arab clans are precisely the ones that provide competitive advantages and security from competitive pressures. Concepts of knowledge reservoir, social networking, emotional and symbolic capital have a significant influence on family business practice in the Arab world. The main contribution of this article is to develop propositions as a way to both simplify and clarify the key constructs(Namus, Wasta, Diwan & Asabiyyah) in a middle range theory(Arab family business) with the approach of modeling-as-theorizing and to define Arab Family Business.
Keywords: Family Business; Arab Culture; Networking; Namus; Wasta; Diwan; Asabiyyah
JEL Classification: L22, L26
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