Doing favors in the Arab world

BERGER, Ron (2019). Doing favors in the Arab world. International journal of emerging markets.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the role of Wasta, a culturally based system of social networks of exchange among in-group members in the Arab world, as exemplified by three groups of Arabs in the Palestinian Authority, and then compares it to Guanxi (China), Sviazi (Russia) and Jaan–Pechaan (India). The use of social networks is a common business model around the world to accomplish business objectives and is especially relied upon in emerging economies where formal institutions are weak. It is important to understand the commonalities and differences in the use of reciprocity in various cultural contexts in order to conduct business effectively. The aim of the paper is to illustrate the structure of Wasta and how it is perceived and constructed among three Arab social groups, and then compare and contrast it with social business models in three other high context cultures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1505 Marketing; 1503 Business and Management
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOEM-06-2018-0292
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2019 10:38
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 13:34
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24270

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