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    Cultural Impact in International Business Negotiation

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    Culture, gender, and leadership can be closely intertwined. In most cultures, even Western cultures, leadership is associated with males. This is even more the case in many Arab Muslim countries where women play a limited role in public and business life.

    As a leader of a business division, you face the choice of selecting the leader of a negotiation team to draft a new deal with a potential Saudi Arabian client. By far your best, most experienced, and most skilled negotiator is one of your female executives. She has, for many years, successfully negotiated deals within the United States and in several Western countries. Her second in command is a promising but relatively young male executive who still needs to develop his skills and experience (Nahavandi p. 27).

    In 3-4 paragraphs, answer the following questions. It is suggested that you research Saudi culture first:

    It is your understanding that women in Saudi Arabia do not even drive, let alone participate in business. Is this still true, or is it changing?
    What is the purpose of the negotiation? How will that affect your choice of negotiators?
    Who will you send to Saudi Arabia as head of your team? Why?
    If your CEO is insistent on sending the female executive, what adjustments might you make to ensure that the deal is not put at risk?
    What are the implications of your decision for your business and the message you send as a leader?

    Ref Nahavandi, A. (2006). The art and science of leadership. (4th edition)Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

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    This is true and woman still does not have rights. They are considered second class citizens and totally depend on male.

    The purpose is to clinch a new deal with a potential Saudi Arabian client. Therefore the person should be able to ...

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