Saudi Entrepreneurship


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  • Thanks for coming!! As you may know, I spent some time last November teaching in KSA, and today I’d like to share a few of my experiences with you. After a year of therapy, my shrink thinks I’m well enough to speak publicly about it now. Seriously though, my contract stipulated that I not discuss my trip openly because of the involvement of the Royal Family. But since we forget about 70 percent of what we hear after walking out of the room, I figure odds are pretty good that this won’t come back to haunt me later….
  • Ok, let’s see how much you guys know…. Ans 60 5.5, world average 2.7 4.3 Al Saud Family King Abdulla ….Al Saud has 7 sons and 15 daughters (allowed 4 wives at a time)
  • Free Food!!! Global perspective – integration of economies Middle east is changing, growing As teachers we should know about this stuff!
  • Background Francine, ML, Jack, Jan Want an American college degree Dubai – Matt Lauer University of New H Women who are typically subservient to men get to keep $$$ Am I teaching gymnastics to paraplegics? U of new haven Step outside comfort zone
  • Obfuscating the truth Kingdom Parents had slightly more confidence than our Aviation department… Insert Kingdom clip Americans killed in car bombing attacks attacks in 1995 and 1996
  • Aviation betting Pool
  • Ed Nature of the assignment revealed in meeting with ML
  • Factoids: Hijackers – parental issues beheadings/kidnappings Oil $, no taxes No alcohol US press – some members of the royal family guilty of funding terrorist organizations 15 of 19 of the 911 terrorists of Saudi origin Saudi Arabia practices a stricter form of Islam than most Islamic countries in the Middle East. In more liberal countries such as Egypt of Turkey, religion has less influence on law, politics and women’s rights. mutawwa‘ - Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice - Its approximately 3,500 members, and many more volunteers, patrol the streets enforcing dress codes , strict separation of men and women Women, including foreign women, not allowed to drive (although all of my students knew how – practiced – illegally- in the desert and had international drivers licenses) Women could only be admitted to a hospital with a male relative’s consent
  • Beheadings for drug dealers, murderers Hands chopped for stealing Goals: To make it out alive and have something interesting to put on my resume Experience a different teaching situation to enrich my current teaching Share experiences with JU Illegal to take pictures of this stuff Courts impose corporal punishment including amputations of hands and feet for robbery and flogging for crimes such as sexual deviance and drunkenness.
  • Visa Must be invited Have a sponsor Have an hiv/aids test Note from doctor certifying that I was healthy
  • Photoshop head onto Dorothy? Airport Missing Abiah Airport cop’s attitude change Story of elementary school
  • “ Kingdom” Compound Checkpoints and security Restaurant
  • Franchising alive and well Women business ownership in KSA Restrictions: Can’t drive car, Mutawa Health problems blamed on Americans No banks loans for royalty Women own 4.3 percent of registered Saudi businesses Mutawa can confiscate CDs, DVDs, books, etc. that they deem inappropriate Postal system unreliable; no door to door delivery Women can’t hop in a car to check mail Rigid legal system has hindered many reform efforts Women make up 15 percent of the workforce Saudi population is expected to double to 29.7 million by 2020, increasing the labor force from 3.3 million in 2000 to 8.3 million in 2020 60% of the Saudi population is under 18 years old – will need to find jobs; unemployment rate is currently 18 % Women allowed to work, but only 5% hold jobs – receive less pay and fewer benefits Not allowed to have contact with male coworkers New law in 1977 allowed women to run their own businesses Internet helps them to circumvent problems having to do with male contact
  • Thanksgiving OPEC Drivers!
  • 2 page document re: culture Left hand
  • Mohamed teddy bear teacher, Gillian Gibbons, is spared lash but gets 15 days in jail
  • A 19-year-old Saudi woman who was kidnapped, beaten and gang raped by seven men who then took photos of their victim and threatened to kill her, was sentenced under the country's Islamic-based law to 90 lashes for the "crime" of being alone with a man not related to her. Increased to 200 lashes for improperly using the media Under the Saudi penal code, which operates according to a strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, it is forbidden for a woman to be alone with a man who is not her husband or a relative. The woman's former boyfriend, who was not one of the rapists, was sitting alone with the woman when a group of seven men abducted them and raped them both. The woman was raped 14 times, according to reports.
  • Peggy “don’t give them an inch” “ moderately successful class” Ursula photo Cheating Not coming back from breaks
  • Students attend public college for free – financed by oil $$ Paid stipend for books, etc. Only 30% of the university students are females; allowed to enroll in 6 of the 8 universities Have to be taught by women
  • Family Language Cohesiveness is central to the study of groups. It is considered vital in group decision-making, goal attainment, identity, and member satisfaction. On closer examination, the research found that highly cohesive groups that valued social interaction spent their time on that, not on group tasks. In these cases, everyone got along great and everyone liked everyone else but group task productivity was terrible. Insulated from outside influence, members of the team can propose extreme ideas and face neither challenges nor corrections from other group members. Problems may be ignored or glossed over. Often, group failures become interpreted as enmity from the outside environment. " Groupthink ”
  • Not returning to class Boycotting of business plan presentations on last day Failing of three princesses, including one of the King’s daughters In touch with program directors throughout the whole process
  • Culture norming
  • Challenges of teaching international students beyond language issues Cheating Blog
  • Saudi Entrepreneurship

    1. 1. Saudi Arabia: Entrepreneurship, Culture, and Cohesion – Oh My! Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    2. 2. Culture Quiz <ul><li>What percentage of the Saudi population is under 18? </li></ul><ul><li>How many children does the average Saudi family have? </li></ul><ul><li>What percentage of women own businesses in Saudi Arabia? </li></ul><ul><li>How many sons and daughters does the King have? What is his name? </li></ul>Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    3. 3. Importance (aka WIFFY) Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    4. 4. Background Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    5. 5. Resistance to the Idea Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    6. 6. Confidence Levels Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    7. 7. The Whistle-Blower Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty The Kingdom
    8. 8. Research Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    9. 9. Goals Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    10. 10. Getting There Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    11. 11. Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto….
    12. 12. Fitting In Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    13. 13. Accommodations Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    14. 14. Entrepreneurship Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    15. 15. Culture Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    16. 16. Cultural Snafus Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    17. 17. In the News Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    18. 18. More News Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    19. 19. The Warnings Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty Note DCOB hat!!
    20. 20. Teaching in KSA Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    21. 21. The Problem of Cohesion Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    22. 22. Oh My! Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    23. 23. So What? Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty
    24. 24. Discussion Nancy Rossiter Presentation to DCOB Faculty