chapter  7
24 Pages

Group Dynamics and Work Relations

When visiting a major city in Saudi Arabia, Western executives may immediately notice patterns of social interaction and social dynamics that are distinct and unique. Brought up within the nuclear family of modern Western societies where professional associations are the primary concern and the foundation for social identity, international executives who live or work in Saudi Arabia might fi nd Saudi life to be reminiscent of scenes from the Arabian Nights or from Hollywood fi lms set in the Orient. On the surface, cities in the Kingdom may resemble any large city in Europe or the United States with their large buildings, the latest models of cars, and bright lighting. The façade, however, may be misleading and does not convey the nature of life and the scope and depth of relationships among the people. The attentiveness, enthusiasm, and warmth that people exhibit while conversing or working are uniquely different and invite curiosity.