Organization and strategy

Public and private organizations in the Middle East are undergoing constant organizational change in order to deal with demands for more and better services, lower costs, higher quality, and greater efficiency. While the need for a solid organizational change management strategy is widely understood, how to successfully implement change within an organization is not. Failed change management initiatives inevitably lead to operational inefficiency, lost time and money, lower productivity and morale, and reduced market share.

Strategy&’s organizational change management experts assist clients with managing change effectively, identifying areas of improvement, and implementing performance management strategies. Our team of experts can help organizations in the Middle East design operating models to meet the needs of shareholders, customers, and constituencies in the organization’s extended enterprise.

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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.
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GCC business leaders seeking to compete with best-in-class companies abroad should rigorously harness the emotional energy of their organizational culture. Using elements of their current cultures, they can alter critical behaviors. These then accelerate the cultural evolution that ensures strong corporate cultures that can enable and accelerate strategic and operational changes.
In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as elsewhere, the economic crisis is changing the way that companies do business. For the CFOs of MENA-based companies, it is causing an evolution in their roles. In a survey of regional CFOs, we found that their major priorities involve leading their organizations through the economic crisis while capturing potential growth.
Shared services
Shared services is a model for delivering corporate support, combining and consolidating services from headquarters and business units into a distinct entity based on market-like principles. Winning companies will mobilize capabilities in support of market objectives, including support services for internal customers.
Capturing the promise of shared services
The value of shared-services organizations will be in their ability to work closely with internal customers to identify needs and to effectively source appropriate services on the open market. This requires new capabilities in areas such as strategic sourcing, development of third party alliances, and application of e-commerce techniques to match internal demands with external suppliers.

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