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Connecting the world: Ten mechanisms for global inclusion

Prepared by Strategy& for Facebook in support of its Internet.org initiative, the ‘Connecting the world’ report identifies mechanisms that can accelerate Internet growth and drive universal inclusion.

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Understanding digital content and services ecosystems: The role of content and services in boosting Internet adoption

The government, local content providers, telecom operators, and global platform providers can play an important role in jump-starting digital content ecosystems by investing...

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10 Principles of Organizational Culture

Companies can tap their natural advantage when they focus on changing a few important behaviors, enlist informal leaders, and harness the power of employees’ emotions.

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Mastering construction costs and capabilities: Laying the foundations for success

The construction industry in the GCC has grown rapidly over the past decade driven by such factors as high oil prices and a growing population.

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Collaborative sourcing: How GCC group organizations can optimize their procurement spend

Collaborative sourcing: How GCC group organizations can optimize their procurement spend

Large GCC group organizations which master the art of group-wide collaborative sourcing can capture significant amount of value through such factors...

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A career at Strategy& brings a world of possibilities

Imagine a place where some of the smartest people tackle the most critical issues confronting business leaders around the world. 

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Accelerating high-speed broadband in Turkey
March, 2016
Turkey can accelerate the reach of national broadband with six policy measures: evolve and boost commercialization channels; reduce the cost of ownership for end users; scale up relevant local applications and content...
Trucking to the future
December, 2015
Autonomous trucks are an emerging technology with significant potential benefits for GCC countries, particularly given the region’s plans to shift to a knowledge-based...
Developing a FinTech ecosystem in the GCC: Let’s get ready for take off
October, 2015
In the U.S. and Europe, financial technology (FinTech) “ecosystems” have stimulated technological innovation, made financial markets and systems more efficient, and improved the overall customer experience. These ecosystems...
Energy efficiency in the UAE: Aiming for sustainability
June, 2015
The United Arab Emirates needs a coherent energy-efficiency strategy. This should include a tailored regulatory framework; a communications and information initiatives to persuade residents, builders, and other stakeholders to reduce their energy consumption; and research and development to ensure that the UAE is capitalizing on emerging technology to boost efficiency.
Products first
April, 2015
Telecom companies face increased competition and rising network costs, which are reducing their gross earnings. Instead of responding with cost-cutting, they should undertake a comprehensive product profitability and simplification exercise.
Cyber security in the Middle East
March, 2015
The continuing success of digitization initiatives in the Middle East brings with it an added and growing exposure to the risk of cyber-attacks, whether from other states or criminals. Countries need a strategic response that mobilizes stakeholders and builds preventive and reactive cyber-security capabilities.
Sail, not rail
January, 2015
As the GCC private wealth market continues to grow, almost doubling in size since 2010, understanding the underlying sub-segments is becoming increasingly pertinent. Private bankers can make significant gains by identifying one or more of these sub-segments..
Sail, not rail
January, 2015
Oil and gas companies need a dynamic strategy that is flexible enough to adapt to changes in the operating environment. Differentiating capabilities set the broad direction of travel, but companies will be able to adapt, as sailors do, in response to changes in the prevailing wind.

 

Leveraging an untapped talent pool
December, 2014
GCC family businesses can leverage a critical source of competitive advantage: the women of the family. Business leaders and governments should encourage the region’s high level of female education and training, the gradual growth in women’s labour participation and entrepreneurship, and women’s involvement in family firms’ governance and succession plans.
Playing to win in the meetings industry game
November, 2014
Developing countries, such as the GCC states, are in an excellent position to compete for more of the meetings industry (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions). The GCC has growing trade activity, a “crossroads of the world” location, and increasing status as prospecting spots for business travellers generally.
Basel III: A silver lining for Middle East banks
November, 2014
Basel III forces regional banks to take a hard look at their capital allocation and deploy their capital more strategically by calling for higher capital requirements and more stringent definitions of capital. Financial institutions should consider the new rules as a catalyst to upgrade their capabilities and as a call for thoughtful, balanced improvements of their risk-return profile.
Beyond affordability
October, 2014
GCC policymakers should address the region’s housing shortage with a strategy that brings together housing and socioeconomic policies in a holistic approach that builds communities instead of just housing. Governments should also engage private-sector developers through public–private partnerships, which can allocate resources more effectively and transfer knowledge from private developers to government agencies.

For years, strategies have been developed all over the world that look great on paper, but don’t thrive in the real world. We have a different approach to strategy. It starts with what your company is uniquely good at and draws on your greatest strengths.

It builds in execution from day one and every day thereafter, so there’s never a gap between the strategy and its execution. It shapes your future and positions your company to succeed as markets change.

This defines what we do at Strategy&.

#StrategyThatWorks

Generations A: Differences and similarities across the Arab generations
October, 2013
A critical element missing in the discussion of changes in Arab countries is a generational perspective.
Listening to students’ voices
August, 2013
Bringing the GCC’s education system in line with the needs of the employment market requires governments to engage numerous stakeholders.
The rise of corporate social responsibility
March, 2013
Sustainable development is critical for the MENA region’s long-term prosperity and stability.

The Ideation Center

The Ideation Center is Strategy&’s leading think tank in the Middle East. Established in 2007, the Ideation Center provides thought leadership through insightful research, analysis, and dialogue that is true to the Middle East’s dynamics. We bring these ideas to the forefront through our publications, website, and forums.

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The Ideation Center blog

Access insightful research and focused analyses on social and economic topics that are pertinent to the MENA region.

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Strategy& creates strategy that works.

Strategy that starts with your greatest strengths and builds in execution at every step.

find out more >

Connecting the world: Ten mechanisms for global inclusion

Prepared by Strategy& for Facebook in support of its Internet.org initiative, the ‘Connecting the world’ report identifies mechanisms that can accelerate Internet growth and drive universal inclusion.

explore the report >

10 Principles of Organizational Culture

Companies can tap their natural advantage when they focus on changing a few important behaviors, enlist informal leaders, and harness the power of employees’ emotions.

read more on strategy+business >

Mastering construction costs and capabilities: Laying the foundations for success

The construction industry in the GCC has grown rapidly over the past decade driven by such factors as high oil prices and a growing population.

find out more >
view more thought leadership >

Collaborative sourcing: How GCC group organizations can optimize their procurement spend

Collaborative sourcing: How GCC group organizations can optimize their procurement spend

Large GCC group organizations which master the art of group-wide collaborative sourcing can capture significant amount of value through such factors...

read more >
view more thought leadership >
Build something great

A career at Strategy& brings a world of possibilities

Imagine a place where some of the smartest people tackle the most critical issues confronting business leaders around the world. 

see where a career at Strategy& in the Middle East can take you >

 

Thought leadership

Accelerating high-speed broadband in Turkey
Turkey can accelerate the reach of national broadband with six policy measures: evolve and boost commercialization channels; reduce the cost of ownership for end users; scale up relevant local applications and content...
Trucking to the future
Autonomous trucks are an emerging technology with significant potential benefits for GCC countries, particularly given the region’s plans to shift to a knowledge-based...
Developing a FinTech ecosystem in the GCC: Let’s get ready for take off
In the U.S. and Europe, financial technology (FinTech) “ecosystems” have stimulated technological innovation, made financial markets and systems more efficient, and improved the overall customer experience. These ecosystems...
Energy efficiency in the UAE: Aiming for sustainability
The United Arab Emirates needs a coherent energy-efficiency strategy. This should include a tailored regulatory framework; a communications and information initiatives to persuade residents, builders, and other stakeholders to reduce their energy consumption; and research and development to ensure that the UAE is capitalizing on emerging technology to boost efficiency.
Products first
Telecom companies face increased competition and rising network costs, which are reducing their gross earnings. Instead of responding with cost-cutting, they should undertake a comprehensive product profitability and simplification exercise.
Cyber security in the Middle East
The continuing success of digitization initiatives in the Middle East brings with it an added and growing exposure to the risk of cyber-attacks, whether from other states or criminals. Countries need a strategic response that mobilizes stakeholders and builds preventive and reactive cyber-security capabilities.
Sail, not rail
As the GCC private wealth market continues to grow, almost doubling in size since 2010, understanding the underlying sub-segments is becoming increasingly pertinent. Private bankers can make significant gains by identifying one or more of these sub-segments..
Sail, not rail
Oil and gas companies need a dynamic strategy that is flexible enough to adapt to changes in the operating environment. Differentiating capabilities set the broad direction of travel, but companies will be able to adapt, as sailors do, in response to changes in the prevailing wind.

 

Leveraging an untapped talent pool
GCC family businesses can leverage a critical source of competitive advantage: the women of the family. Business leaders and governments should encourage the region’s high level of female education and training, the gradual growth in women’s labour participation and entrepreneurship, and women’s involvement in family firms’ governance and succession plans.
Playing to win in the meetings industry game
Developing countries, such as the GCC states, are in an excellent position to compete for more of the meetings industry (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions). The GCC has growing trade activity, a “crossroads of the world” location, and increasing status as prospecting spots for business travellers generally.
Basel III: A silver lining for Middle East banks
Basel III forces regional banks to take a hard look at their capital allocation and deploy their capital more strategically by calling for higher capital requirements and more stringent definitions of capital. Financial institutions should consider the new rules as a catalyst to upgrade their capabilities and as a call for thoughtful, balanced improvements of their risk-return profile.
Beyond affordability
GCC policymakers should address the region’s housing shortage with a strategy that brings together housing and socioeconomic policies in a holistic approach that builds communities instead of just housing. Governments should also engage private-sector developers through public–private partnerships, which can allocate resources more effectively and transfer knowledge from private developers to government agencies.

 

Strategy That Works

For years, strategies have been developed all over the world that look great on paper, but don’t thrive in the real world. We have a different approach to strategy. It starts with what your company is uniquely good at and draws on your greatest strengths.

It builds in execution from day one and every day thereafter, so there’s never a gap between the strategy and its execution. It shapes your future and positions your company to succeed as markets change.

This defines what we do at Strategy&.

#StrategyThatWorks

 

Featured experts

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Jayant Bhargava is a Dubai-based Partner with Strategy& and a member of the firm’s Communications and Technology team. He leads the firm’s digital media and entertainment work in the Middle East.
Gabriel Chahine is a Beirut-based Partner with Strategy& and the leader of the firm’s Consumer and Retail and Health practices in the Middle East. He also sponsors the Operations practice in the Middle East. He is a member of the leadership team of the firm’s Global Marketing and Sales Development Community.
Bahjat El-Darwiche is a Partner with Strategy& and the leader of the firm’s Communications, Media, and Technology practice in the Middle East. He has around 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, acquired through various engagements in the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia.
Ramy Sfeir
Ramy Sfeir is an Abu Dhabi–based Partner with Strategy& and a member of the firm’s Engineered Products and Services team. He leads the Family, Investments & Real Estate and Deals platforms in the Middle East.

 

The Ideation Center

The Ideation Center is Strategy&’s leading think tank in the Middle East. Established in 2007, the Ideation Center provides thought leadership through insightful research, analysis, and dialogue that is true to the Middle East’s dynamics. We bring these ideas to the forefront through our publications, website, and forums. read more >

The Ideation Center blog
Access insightful research and focused analyses on social and economic topics that are pertinent to the MENA region. visit the blog >

Generations A: Differences and similarities across the Arab generations
October, 2013
A critical element missing in the discussion of changes in Arab countries is a generational perspective.
Listening to students’ voices
August, 2013
Bringing the GCC’s education system in line with the needs of the employment market requires governments to engage numerous stakeholders.
The rise of corporate social responsibility
March, 2013
Sustainable development is critical for the MENA region’s long-term prosperity and stability.

 

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