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DECISION Making Styles: A Saudi Managerial Context. Mustafa M. Ashwi King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals Saudi Arabia 8th Congress of The International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Isle of Spetses, July 11-15, 2006, Greece.

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Decision making styles a saudi managerial context

DECISION Making Styles:A Saudi Managerial Context

Mustafa M. Ashwi

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Saudi Arabia

8th Congress of The International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Isle of Spetses, July 11-15, 2006, Greece.


Background

studies sampled too few countries to discern which cultural values are associated with reliance on what sources.

Background


Managing org events

(1) the individual’s own expertise, based on prior experience and training;

(2) social sources - typically superiors, subordinates, specialists, and co-workers;

Managing Org. Events


Decision making styles a saudi managerial context

The executives & middle managers were asked to respond to eight events.


Decision making styles a saudi managerial context

The events are:

(1) When a vacancy arises that requires appointment of a new subordinate in your department;

(2) When one of your subordinates does consistently good work;

(3) When one of your subordinates does consistently poor work;

(4) When some of the equipment or machinery in your department seems to need replacement;


Decision making styles a saudi managerial context

The eight sources of guidance were listed, as follows:

(1) ‘Formal rules and procedures’;

(2) ‘Unwritten rules as to ‘how things are usually done around here’’;

(3) ‘My subordinates’;


Decision making styles a saudi managerial context

(4) ‘Specialists outside my department’;

(5) ‘Other people at my level’;

(6) ‘My superior’;

(7) ‘Opinions based on my own experience and training’; and

(8) ‘Beliefs which are widely accepted in my country as to what is right’.


Objective

Objective

  • To investigate the Saudi executives' & middle managers decision making styles on the basis of studying how they manage different events or situations.


Questions of the study

Questions of the study

  • How managing different events is related to some variables such as age, seniority, education, company size, ownership, activity and other related variables?

  • What are the differences between Saudi top managers and middle managers' decision making styles?


Decision making styles a saudi managerial context

The sample (N=328) was drawn accidentally from both public and private sectors companies in Saudi Arabia.


Results

Results


Significant differences

Significant differences

1- non written rules

2- Relying on experts

3- Relying on superiors


Decision making styles a saudi managerial context

4- Relying on Beliefs

5- Relying on family


Discussion

Discussion

  • Are the significant differences attributed to:

  • Cross-cultural differences?

    OR

  • Sub-cultural differences?

    OR

    - Both?


Thank you

THANK YOU


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