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  • Entrepreneurship in the Developing World

    Supervised by Dr. Ahmad Zein

    Dr. Ahmad Zein's research focuses on the tourism sector in Lebanon. He has authored three articles on managing tourism in an unstable environment. Dr. Zein is also interested in the field of Project Management and is currently studying the importance of leadership in project management. He is conducting research on entrepreneurship development in developing countries and is in the process of preparing a new article with reference to Lebanon as a case study.


  • Gender and Motivation

    Supervised by Dr. Samer Nakhle

    A group of MUBS students have embarked on a research project that explores the relationship between gender and motivation and the factors that come into play when genders are faced with obstacles at the workplace. The study looks into the incentives, hardships, and sources of motivation of faculty and staff at MUBS and looks into the differences and similarities that are observed between male and female employees. Results and recommendations from the project will be submitted to senior management at MUBS for further analysis.

  • Transferring codes of conduct within a multinational firm: The case of Lebanon

    by Dr. Samer Nakhle

    The transfer of organizational practices or management instruments in the multinational firm often requires adaptations to the local context of subsidiaries and is, as such, revealing cultural and institutional particularities. Among the multinational firm’s management instruments, the codes of conduct are closely linked to the values and standards of conduct of the parent company. Being instruments of North American origin, codes of conduct were, in the last twenty years, gradually institutionalized first in North American multinational companies and then more frequently in European multinational companies (Barmeyer and Davoine, 2007). Several studies showed the difficulties of the implementation of these instruments in countries as diverse as France, Germany, Israel and China and stressed the importance of coherence between values, local organizational practices, and acceptability of codes by employees of the subsidiaries. In the continuation of these studies, we conducted an exploratory study in seven Lebanese subsidiaries of multinational companies, three of North American origin and four of European origin. The purpose of the research is to study the specificity of the Lebanese context from a new perspective. This research also highlights the differences between American and European multinational companies regarding the transfer of their codes of conduct.


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