Altuhaih, Salem; van Fleet, David
March 1978
Management International Review;1978, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p13
The Kuwaiti manager may well be a rare creature. Among many companies and within a large sector of business and industry in Kuwait, an observer might notice a relative scarcity of Kuwaiti managers and a relative over-abundance of non-Kuwaiti managers. Some suggest that this might be so because Kuwaitis lack managerial skills while non-Kuwaitis are more qualified. Kuwait society is governed by distinctions based on the family and tribe. In Kuwait, the tribal and family system is very powerful. Everybody knows everyone else, and family and tribal distinctions are still the ruling impulses of the society. Thus, for the job of manager, the Kuwaiti businessman will usually choose a Kuwaiti within his tribal or family circle or a non-Kuwaiti. He automatically tends to exclude the Kuwaiti outside his family for tribal circle from consideration for such a choice. If this is true, only Kuwaitis that have their family/tribe circle in business have a chance to become managers. The non-Kuwaiti has a greater chance to become a manager as compared to the Kuwaiti with a family/tribe outside business.


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