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A critical analysis of the literature in women's leadership in Saudi Arabia

A critical analysis of the literature in women's leadership in Saudi Arabia

Alotaibi, Fatmah, Cutting, Roger and Morgan, Julia ORCID: 0000-0001-6218-7593 (2017) A critical analysis of the literature in women's leadership in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Business Administration and Management Research, 3 (1). ISSN 2412-4346 (Online) (doi:

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The presence of women in various fields of employment and aspects of public life in Saudi Arabia has been increasing continuously, with the last 10 years witnessing considerable growth in the participation of women in senior management positions and in the decision-making process in public and private sectors. In response to this trend, this paper attempts to explore women leadership opportunity in the Saudi environment. The paper highlights the fact that although there are many obstacles for Saudi women who are seeking to lead, there is still considerable scope for them to be appointed as leaders in the social, political and economic spheres. Women first joined the consultative assembly in 2013; in the same year women were appointed as deputy chairpersons of related committees. In 2015, women voted and ran for office in the municipal elections. Such developments indicate considerable progress in terms of the willingness of organisations to grant Saudi women the chance to occupy managerial positions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women, Leadership, Saudi Culture, Islamic Culture, Saudi Arabia
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education & Health > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 16:35
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None

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