ISSN: 2042-602X (Print) 2042-6038 (ebook)
Many consider the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as one of the most important emerging parts of the world economy in the 21st century. MENA is also strategically vital as it produces the majority of the world’s oil. However despite the region’s oil, most MENA countries score lower on Human Development Index (HDI) world ranking, with GDP, productivity and investment rates well below the global average. It is, therefore, becoming widely accepted that the dominant economic model of the region – based on the public sector, oil incomes and workers’ remittances –is not up to the challenges of modern globalisation and the needs of advanced knowledge-based societies. Given the apparently contradictory needs of economic growth and environmental conservation, it comes as no surprise that knowledge management (KM), innovation and sustainable development (SD) have had such a powerful influence in contemporary discussions on the future of the region.
The book series will act as a forum to provide senior academics and leading scholars, government and policy maker, business professional (individuals and societies) with the best available knowledge essential for achieving SD. The book series aims to publish research on the following five core themes of vital importance to the region:
- Transforming the oil-based economy to a diverse knowledge-intensive economy based on innovation: learning from best practices, lessons from other nations as well as future policies in the region.
- Managing change and innovation in business: strategic innovation models, managing change, strategies for the future, international lessons.
- Building a sustainable environmental future: environmental audit; best practices in the region; policies for business and government; lessons from abroad.
- Human Resources for the knowledge economy: assessing current transformation practices; identifying best practice examples; building local competences in innovation and leadership.
- Evidence based policy and business development; capability building in policy making and in business, assessing business leadership in the region; creating the new generation of Middle Eastern business leaders.