Dr. Allam Ahmed
SPRU – Science & Technology Policy Research
The Freeman Centre
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QE

ISBN (Print): 0–907776–38–8    ISBN (Online): 0–907776–39–6

This volume represents the outcome of many comprehensive research programmes undertaken in different countries in the MENA region and other parts of the world since 2004. We have received more than 50 chapters for possible inclusion in the book covering a wide range of focus and scope of the theme to the extent that we had a difficulty in deciding the chapters that are to be included in this volume of the series. We have finally selected 22 chapters with an interesting profile for this volume after a blind peer review process.

The different chapters in this volume cover a wide geographical spectrum and written by more than 50 renowned international experts from all over the world. However, it is important to note the fact that it is not possible to have contributions from important countries in the region such as Iraq and Palestine due to the current situation in both countries.

The six main sections of the book are:

  • Strategic Co-operation and Integration (3 chapters) 
  • Competitiveness and Effectiveness (6 chapters) 
  • Technological Transformation (3 chapters) 
  • Finance and Banking (4 chapters) 
  • Organisation Behaviour and Culture (3 chapters) 
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3 chapters)

It is hoped that the ensemble of chapters presented in this volume will help to stimulate debate amongst scholars, researchers and policymakers within and outside the MENA region with a view to defining common, effective responses to tomorrow’s challenges. This book is intended as a first step in paving the way towards further reflection on the future position and role of the MENA region in the World. Finally, we hope this book will be utilised as a guide by policymakers and senior managers to enhance their ability to think strategically towards achieving sustainable development.