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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 89
Edited by: M. Papadrakakis and B.H.V. Topping
Paper 29

Factors Affecting Engineering Decision Making in the International Environment

N.S. Al-Kaabi

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
N.S. Al-Kaabi, "Factors Affecting Engineering Decision Making in the International Environment", in M. Papadrakakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 29, 2008. doi:10.4203/ccp.89.29
Keywords: decision making, international environment, engineering firm, engineering management, human factors, political factors, organizational factors.

With globalization and the move towards creating a one world that permits goods and services to cross borders, the business environment that we used to experience last century has become extent. Firms and organizations are shifting their resources and getting into markets that they considered impossible years ago. This move with all its benefits and advantages has also created challenges and obstacles. Engineering firms are bidding on mega projects internationally and relocating their firms and key personnel oversees. When firms and organizations move from one geographic area to the other, they are usually forced to deal with a number of issues. These issues span a wide spectrum of area ranging from the day to day practice of the firm itself in this new market to the political and legal issues of the new country.

This paper is an initial investigative study targeting engineering firms in the Arabian Gulf region, commonly know and the Persian Gulf region. The purpose of this study is to test the factors that affect international decision making internationally in this part of the world. The paper compiled 27 factors from multiple literature sources and grouped them in four groups according to their influence. These groups are political group, financial group, managerial group, and finally cultural group.

An investigative survey was conducted to weigh the different factors according to their influence on the particular engineering firm that has been selected. The results of the survey were compiled and the findings were analyzed and discussed. The findings suggest that clarity of local laws and the regulations that govern labour and safety were rated as the highest influential factor in international projects in this region. The findings of this study lay ground for a more detailed study currently underway to analyze these factors in details and investigate the possible interaction between them not only on the managerial level but also on the level of workers at the bottom of the organization hierarchy.

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