Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a handful of firms can fast-forward economic growth

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa should focus on scale-ups, small- and medium-sized enterprises with proven business models. Policymakers should improve their scale-ups ecosystems across four growth pillars: business fundamentals, business propellers, demand creators, and country readiness.

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The outlook for gas in the GCC: Implementing commercial principles, reaping greater economic benefits

The outlook for gas in the GCC: Implementing commercial principles, reaping greater economic benefits

GCC countries must take a more proactive and strategic approach to managing the gas sector. They can do so by applying commercial principles...

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Putting GCC cities in the loop

Putting GCC cities in the loop

GCC countries need to replace the prevalent linear economic model of “take, make, use, waste,” which has been to the detriment of the region economically, environmentally, and socially. Instead, GCC countries should adopt in a holistic manner the circular economy model, which optimizes the consumption of finite resources, maximizes product utilization, and recovers by-products and waste.

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Advanced MENA defence contracting: Partnerships for improved performance

Most defence contracts in the Middle East and North Africa are simple but are not appropriate for today’s more complex conditions... 

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Triggering change in the GCC through behavioral insights
February 12, 2019
In the past few years, the term, “behavioral insights” has been used more widely to describe a new approach to policy design.
Military readiness in the MENA region: Providing an accurate picture for planners and commanders
December 18, 2018
Armed forces in the Middle East and North Africa need a more realistic approach to defence readiness, putting aside the old system that...
Beyond bricks: Building a high impact research ecosystem in the GCC
September 24, 2018
In the past few years, the term, “behavioral insights” has been used more widely to describe a new approach to policy design.
Maximizing the value of every molecule: A new approach to optimizing national oil company value chains
September 17, 2018
National oil companies (NOCs) in resource-rich countries should take a holistic approach to the management of activities across the oil and gas value.
Three biases that impede local content development: Seeing through the illusions
September 3, 2018
To develop more effective local content policies, policymakers need to use analytical and behavioral safeguards that complement and reinforce...
Modernising GCC military HR models: Improving morale, motivation, and performance
July 26, 2018
Armed forces in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) need to concentrate on human capital development after over a decade of focusing on...
The outlook for renewable energy in the GCC: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain
June 25, 2018
Renewable energy still attracts a growing share of investment in new electricity generation capacity.
The outlook for renewable energy in the GCC: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain
June 4, 2018
Renewable energy still attracts a growing share of investment in new electricity generation capacity.
Unearthing value from dormant land in the GCC
November 20, 2017
Land in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries has traditionally been a means of safeguarding wealth. 
A new wave of M&A for Middle East telecom operators: Models for future growth​
October 26, 2017
The telecom industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is on the verge of a new wave of M&A.
Mission critical: How GCC telecom operators can enable public safety communications
October 9, 2017
GCC telecom operators are well positioned to provide Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mission critical networks and related services for...
Rethinking oil-field partnerships in Saudi Arabia
October 3, 2017
Changes in the oil-field services and equipment sector in Saudi Arabia mean that both multinational corporations (MNCs) and their local partners...
Putting outcomes first: How to plan performance management in the Middle East public sector
October 3, 2017
Middle East governments need a way to keep track of their performance as they begin work on large-scale economic and national development plans.
Empowering the GCC digital workforce
October 2, 2017
Empowering the GCC digital workforce: Building adaptable skills in the digital era
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are engaged in ambitious national transformation plans such as Saudi Vision 2030 and Abu Dhabi...
Embracing sharing: Managing the disruption of the sharing economy in the GCC
September 27, 2017
GCC countries should take a differentiated approach to the sharing economy to balance its rewards and risks, based on each...
Investment opportunities in the GCC education sector
August 21, 2017
Private equity investors in the GCC need to identify the investment plays best suited to their risk/return profiles, and utilize a tailored set...

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Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a handful of firms can fast-forward economic growth
December 12, 2018
Governments in the Middle East and North Africa should focus on scale-ups, small- and medium-sized enterprises with proven business...
Beyond bricks: Building a high impact research ecosystem in the GCC
September 24, 2018
GCC countries need to foster their research ecosystems to produce high-quality research that can lead to innovation and that can inform...
Triggering change in the GCC through behavioral insights
February 12, 2018
In the past few years, the term, “behavioral insights” has been used more widely to describe a new approach to policy...

The Ideation Center

The Ideation Center is Strategy&'s Middle East think tank. We aim to promote sustainable growth in the region by helping leaders across sectors translate socioeconomic trends into actions and better business decisions.

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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. 

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

 

Thought leadership

Triggering change in the GCC through behavioral insights
In the past few years, the term, “behavioral insights” has been used more widely to describe a new approach to policy design.
Military readiness in the MENA region: Providing an accurate picture for planners and commanders
Armed forces in the Middle East and North Africa need a more realistic approach to defence readiness, putting aside the old system that exaggerates their preparedness. 
Beyond bricks: Building a high impact research ecosystem in the GCC
In the past few years, the term, “behavioral insights” has been used more widely to describe a new approach to policy design.
Maximizing the value of every molecule: A new approach to optimizing national oil company value chains
National oil companies (NOCs) in resource-rich countries should take a holistic approach to the management of activities across the oil and gas value.
Three biases that impede local content development: Seeing through the illusions
To develop more effective local content policies, policymakers need to use analytical and behavioral safeguards that complement and reinforce each other.
Modernising GCC military HR models: Improving morale, motivation, and performance
Armed forces in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) need to concentrate on human capital development after over a decade of focusing on modernising equipment... 
The outlook for renewable energy in the GCC: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain
Renewable energy still attracts a growing share of investment in new electricity generation capacity.
The outlook for renewable energy in the GCC: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain
Renewable energy still attracts a growing share of investment in new electricity generation capacity.
Unearthing value from dormant land in the GCC
Land in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries has traditionally been a means of safeguarding wealth. 
A new wave of M&A for Middle East telecom operators: Models for future growth​
The telecom industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is on the verge of a new wave of M&A.
Mission critical: How GCC telecom operators can enable public safety communications
GCC telecom operators are well positioned to provide Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mission critical networks and related services for government emergency services.
Rethinking oil-field partnerships in Saudi Arabia
Changes in the oil-field services and equipment sector in Saudi Arabia mean that both multinational corporations (MNCs) and their local partners need to review their strategies and approaches to partnerships.
Putting outcomes first: How to plan performance management in the Middle East public sector
Middle East governments need a way to keep track of their performance as they begin work on large-scale economic and national development plans.
Empowering the GCC digital workforce
Empowering the GCC digital workforce: Building adaptable skills in the digital era
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are engaged in ambitious national transformation plans such as Saudi Vision 2030 and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.
Embracing sharing: Managing the disruption of the sharing economy in the GCC
GCC countries should take a differentiated approach to the sharing economy to balance its rewards and risks, based on each country’s socioeconomic priorities.
Investment opportunities in the GCC education sector
Private equity investors in the GCC need to identify the investment plays best suited to their risk/return profiles, and utilize a tailored set of value creation levers.

 

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