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... 

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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.

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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... 

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Putting GCC transportation and logistics in the driver’s seat: Technologies for business transformation

GCC freight transportation and logistics companies should use new digital tools and applications to transform their businesses and keep up with their global competitors.

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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. 

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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.

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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...
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.
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...
Reconsidering military ICT security
October 3, 2017
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) armed forces face an information security conundrum. On the one hand, they need to develop...
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...
From family enterprises to institutions
July 25, 2017
The countries of the GCC spend US$130 billion each year on defence, much of which goes to contractors in other countries. As a result, the region...
Opportunities in the GCC food landscape: Strategies for success
July 13, 2017
Although per capita spending in the GCC on food sector is leveling off, there are opportunities in snacks, spreads, prepared meals,...
Preparing for the digital era – The state of digitalization in GCC businesses
July 12, 2017
Executives in the GCC are excited by digital. They recognize its benefits, such as stronger customer orientation and increased efficiency.
Reconsidering military ICT security
July 9, 2017
Telecom operators are uniquely positioned to become pivotal players in the rapidly developing commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (drone)...
Natural partners
June 12, 2017
Airports and airlines are natural partners that work together in many ways on a daily basis. Even so, they are missing out on opportunities to...
From traditional to impact philanthropy
March 30, 2017
Family businesses in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are the region’s largest contributors to social and charitable causes, but...
Safeguarding GCC consumers
March 20, 2017
GCC governments need to strengthen their consumer protection policies. The task is magnified by the rise..
Private-sector participation in the GCC
January 30, 2017
The governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have decided to change their economic development model...
Safeguarding children
January 12, 2017
For quality learning to take place at the primary and secondary school levels, countries need to have robust protection frameworks for children.
From technology adopters to innovators
January 9, 2017
Investing in a lean, efficient, and collaborative R&D setup offers Middle East national oil companies many opportunities to build...
Connecting with the customer
November 15, 2016
Three global trends are reshaping travel distribution business models and threaten to weaken the connection between airlines and their customers.
Connecting the world: Ten mechanisms for global inclusion
May 17, 2016
Prepared by Strategy& for Facebook in support of its Internet.org initiative, the ‘Connecting the world’ report identifies...

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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...
Empowering the GCC digital workforce
October 2, 2017
Strategy& together with LinkedIn analyzed the GCC digital job market and found that there are too few digital professionals, their skills...
Inforgraphic: The dynamics of the digital job market in the GCC
October 2, 2017
Strategy& together with LinkedIn analyzed the GCC digital job market and found that there are too few digital professionals, their skills...

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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. 

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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.
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.
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.
Reconsidering military ICT security
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) armed forces face an information security conundrum. On the one hand, they need to develop “information superiority” — the ability to meet the information requirements of supported forces with greater timeliness, relevance, accuracy, and comprehensiveness than an adversary.
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.
From family enterprises to institutions
The countries of the GCC spend US$130 billion each year on defence, much of which goes to contractors in other countries. As a result, the region has little to show in terms of local defence manufacturing capabilities.
Opportunities in the GCC food landscape: Strategies for success
Although per capita spending in the GCC on food sector is leveling off, there are opportunities in snacks, spreads, prepared meals, and ready-to-drink beverages.
Preparing for the digital era – The state of digitalization in GCC businesses
Executives in the GCC are excited by digital. They recognize its benefits, such as stronger customer orientation and increased efficiency.
Reconsidering military ICT security
Telecom operators are uniquely positioned to become pivotal players in the rapidly developing commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (drone) market. Drone applications enable various types of companies to transform their operations and gain efficiency, in terms of cost and time, by capturing and analysing datasets to improve decision making.
Natural partners
Airports and airlines are natural partners that work together in many ways on a daily basis. Even so, they are missing out on opportunities to better coordinate to boost revenues...
From traditional to impact philanthropy
Family businesses in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are the region’s largest contributors to social and charitable causes, but they have yet to unlock the full potential of their philanthropic activity.
Safeguarding GCC consumers
GCC governments need to strengthen their consumer protection policies. The task is magnified by the rise..
Private-sector participation in the GCC
The governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have decided to change their economic development model...
Safeguarding children
For quality learning to take place at the primary and secondary school levels, countries need to have robust protection frameworks for children.
From technology adopters to innovators
Investing in a lean, efficient, and collaborative R&D setup offers Middle East national oil companies many opportunities to build long-term stability, offsetting the effect of volatile oil prices.
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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