Senior managers in Iraqi society: their background and attitudes

Sulieman, Moayaid S. (1984) Senior managers in Iraqi society: their background and attitudes. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The aim of this thesis is to cast light on a group of senior
managers currently working in Iraq. It investigates their personalsocial
background. career patterns and decision-making styles in the
light of the Western management standards. The thesis also tries to
bring into the light how the Iraqi managers spend their time and
what activities they exercise inside their firms. In addition. it
attempts to show the contemporary social constraints or pressures
which face managers in Iraq.
The assumption is made that in order to understand management
styles and the principal personal-social background and career
patterns of a group of managers in a given country. prior understanding
of their social and cultural values is vital. Without such prior
understanding of the social and cultural context. the analysis and
the interpretation of the managers' characteristics and their management
styles will be incomplete.

Thus, the point of departure is to start the analysis by careful
examination of Iraq; its geography, social communities, religions,
education, political and economic development. In addition, the
analysis extends itself to cover the past and the contemporary attitudes
toward men and women, time. manual work and toward the size of the
The thesis then proceeds to discuss the principal characteristics
of forty four Iraqi manuging directors. The results broadly
indicate that most of the personal-social characteristics and career patterns of these managers are a reflection of their larger society.
The same is equally true with their management styles.
What already exists in the industrial firms studied also exists
in the larger society; the links between industrial organisations
and the Iraqi society in terms of social values and attitudes toward
time. manual work. superiority of men over women. remain strong
despite the fact that the society is undereoing considerable social
and economic changes. So. too, the principal characteristics of the
managers studied. whether in terms of their personal-social background.
their career patterns or their decision-makine styles. are by and large
similar to the general features of the society in large.
The analysis also indicates that in order to work according to
Western management standards. the Iraqi manager needs not only a long
period of time, but also requires massive efforts to get rid of a
heavy heritage of different but interlocking social pressures and

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences
Supervisor's Name: Weir, Prof. David H.
Date of Award: 1984
Depositing User: Miss Louise Annan
Unique ID: glathesis:1984-6555
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2015 11:27
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2015 11:27

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