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Title: Exploring restructuring choice-making, key drivers, influences, and conditions : a qualitative empirical study of strategic decision-making in the Iraqi industrial public sector companies
Author: Abraheem, Mohammad Kalil
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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The Iraqi industrial public sector companies are the backbone of the Iraqi national industry. These companies adopted restructuring as their strategic choice to face the changes in the nature of their business environment that occurred after 2003. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe how restructuring choices of these companies were made. In the strategic choice-making literature, there are two opposite lines of research to understand how strategic choices are made. One is that the business environment of the organisation shapes its strategic choices, while the second argues that top managers of the organisation play a crucial role in determining these strategic choices. In an attempt to explore the role of both the business environment and decision makers in shaping the restructuring choices in Iraq, I realised that the way strategic choice• making literature had theorised around the drivers of strategic choice-making did not help me to fully understand what I was observing. I realised that there is a gap between these theories, which have been generated in western contexts and the reality of decision-making in Iraq that need further understanding. To attempt to fill this gap, I tried to bridge what I had been observing in my fieldwork on the characteristics of the Iraqi context. 43 elite interviews and 5 ethnographic interviews were utilised to collect the data and ensure credibility. Based on the data analysis that followed, two key themes emerged. Whereas the first of them relates to the visible drivers of restructuring choice-making in the context of the Iraqi industrial public sector companies, the second focuses on the hidden drivers of this process. Based on the findings of this study, I concluded that the personal and factional goals played a significant role in determining and shaping the restructuring choices of these companies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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