Organizational Form and Design
Do organizations in Saudi Arabia resemble those in the United States? Does organizational evolution in the Kingdom resemble that in the United States? Are organizational forms infl uenced by societal culture and norms? How do managers in the Kingdom view structure and relationships within organizations? Are these different from what is common in the West, especially the United States? These and other issues will be covered in this chapter. The purpose is to give international managers a sense of the reality of organizational arrangements in the Kingdom. This is because international managers who are informed and have a general awareness of organizational arrangements and prevailing norms will face few uncertainties and be able to function with confi dence while projecting assertiveness and expertise necessary to ease business dealings and performance.