Diversity and Relational Perspectives
Edited by Katerina Nicolopoulou, Mine Karataş-Özkan, Ahu Tatli and John Taylor
Chapter 2: Global Knowledge Workers: An Eye on the Senior Executives of the Middle East by Stanton Chase International
Panos Manolopoulos and Konstantina Sakellariou INTRODUCTION Within the ongoing globalization process, the profile of senior executives is constantly changing, reflecting the altered needs of both society and the companies. This becomes even stronger in volatile environments like the Middle East which, on the one hand, consists of developing economies where the impacts of globalization are often more distinctively present, and, on the other hand, is attracting and is actually depending – still – on a large number of “global knowledge workers”, that is, senior and middle level expatriates that are indicative examples of the new trends depicted in the international market arena. The Middle East office of Stanton Chase International (www.stantonchase.com)1 conducted in 2010 a CEO Census in order to draw up a profile of senior executives in the Middle Eastern region today, analyze the trends in this challenging market, and comprehend the opportunities and threats in career development and in the overall business environment. Using a 24-item questionnaire and with the priceless contribution of 638 top executives from the Middle Eastern market (mainly from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), but also from the Levant and North-East Africa), Stanton Chase attempts to get better insight into the mobility trends for such executives, the issues that they consider when deciding to change employer, the factors that lead to further career development and the markets that are regarded as most promising. This kind of information allows a deeper understanding of the relationships of such executives with their companies, how they are motivated and...
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