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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?

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    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?

    Here HR manager should be aware about the international business issues which made of the multiple aspects of culture, international laws, customs, language translations and other aspects to run the smooth operations smoothly. As it has been described the customs, values and laws within the countries are different from each other and those of the United States. Therefore, these aspects such as understanding the target market (here Saudi Arabia), the culture in each nation and other specific aspects is crucial to run the operations smoothly by hiring suitable manpower according to their preferences such as wants, needs, values or religious beliefs can assist in profitable sales and international image. However, there is the need to establish cultural awareness amongst the members and the organization. As this will provide a foundation for diversity, training that will include the support of the workforce, which ...

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    The solution discusses women in Saudi Arabia being able to participate in business.