The dynamics of the global business environment necessitate that organizational assumptions and underpinnings are understood in their socio-cultural context. This pioneering book covers issues related to Islamic assumptions about organization and management, enabling readers to understand the challenges in managing corporations that operate in an Islamic environment.
The author provides an original and up-to-date treatment of management orientations and practices in Muslim countries and provides pertinent information about the frame of reference for Muslims and Muslim organizations. Relying on classic interpretations of organizational issues without ignoring contemporary thought, the author uses original sources and extensive business, psychology, sociology, and religious references to highlight the orientations and practices that lead to superior performance in a Muslim environment. He goes on to identify both organizational and societal attributes that are essential for effective relationships at the workplace, underscoring the peculiarities of personal relationships and their tremendous influence on organizational expectations and conduct.
Scholars and practitioners who specialize in business, economics, international relations, religion, and sociology will find this book a necessary resource for broadening their understanding of the religious and cultural aspects of conducting business across cultures. The comprehensive and original coverage of the book will prove useful in understanding business, cultural, and philosophical issues related to the Islamic World.
Abbas J. Ali, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Management, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, US
Contents: Preface 1. Business and Trade in Islamic Thought 2. Human Nature and Motivation 3. Islamic Schools of Thought 4. Islamic Work Ethic and Values 5. The Structure and Functions of Groups 6. Power and Authority 7. Decision Styles and Group Dynamics 8. Leadership and Organization 9. Organizational Structure 10. The Human Resources 11. Organizational Development and Change Bibliography Index