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An exploratory study of SME management in the Middle East

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dianne H.B. Welsh, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The Middle East is a growing, lucrative marketplace that recently has captured the interest of the world for political as well as economic reasons. This exploratory study examines retail small/medium enterprises (SMEs) management and employee perceptions of customer service on a number of dimensions. The results suggest that managers and employees in the Middle East behave in similar ways to those in western countries, but there are differences, probably related to cultural characteristics. The Middle East is a richly diverse region, a myriad of unique cultures. As the market becomes more sophisticated, the importance of service quality increases. Global retailers can benefit from this study by better understanding the managers, employees, and customers in the region that are vital to their success. Implications for practice are discussed.

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Publication
International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business, 1(1/2), 121-135
Language: English
Date: 2004
Keywords
Middle East, Retail small/medium enterprises (SMEs)