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Business cases from Saudi Arabia.

I take this occasion to thank all those who have contributed to this second special issue of Competitiveness Studies. I thank the reviewers who provided timely feedback to the authors, thereby helping to improve the manuscripts. I extend a special thanks to the Editor-in-Chief, Abbas Ali, for giving me the opportunity to serve as guest editor of this special issue, the second of two that features business cases from Saudi Arabia. I cordially thank all of the authors who submitted manuscripts for consideration. I appreciate their desire to share their knowledge and experience with readers and business professors in Saudi Arabia, the GCC countries, and the Arab World in general. The seven cases included in this issue concern corporate social responsibility, human resource management, investment analysis, retailing, small business, and strategic management.

I acknowledge and greatly appreciate the funding King Saud University (KSU) provided to enable the creation of business cases set in an Arab context. They are sorely needed. KSU is the Arab World's premier university. Ranked among the top 150-200 universities in "The Academic Ranking of World Universities," also known as the Shanghai ranking, KSU scores high in many international rankings. To its credit, KSU's College of Business Administration took on the challenge of developing cases about issues in Arab businesses specifically to meet the needs and interests of Arab business students and other readers. This is probably the largest collection of such cases to date. I applaud KSU and the Business College for initiating this project. Many individuals participated in this journey from case idea through final acceptance and delivery. To them all, I say: Thanks for a job well done.

Abdulrahman Al-Aali, PhD

Special Guest Editor

About The Guest Editor

Abdulrahman Al-Aali is a Professor of International Business and Marketing at the College of Business Administration, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He gained his BBA, MBA, and PhD in International Business at Georgia State University. He is the Director of the PhD in Business Program and a Visiting Research Scholar at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the George Washington University and former Dean of King Abdullah Research & Consulting Institute. He was a Trustee of Prince Sultan College of Tourism & Business and is currently a Trustee of Albaha College of Sciences. He has authored or coauthored ten books and over 40 academic articles. He has consulted for many agencies including the United Nations Development Programme, Ministry of Higher Education, and Ministry of Commerce on World Trade Organization issues, and is currently a consultant with UN-Habitat on the Future of Saudi Cities Program.

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Title Annotation:Special Issue
Author:Aali, Abdulrahman Al-
Publication:Journal of Competitiveness Studies
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Mar 22, 2016
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