News: Qatar National Convention Centre set to host one of the largest conferences in the world

Doha, 8 November: With less than three weeks to go, the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) has intensified its preparations to take centre stage and host Qatar’s largest conference to date – the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change 2012 (COP18/CMP8). The event which will take place from 26 November to 7 December is expected [...]

News: Entrepreneurs Organisation Qatar, appoints new president

Doha, 7 November: The Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) Qatar chapter has announced the appointment of Mohamed Jaidah as President to EO Qatar for the 2012-2013 year, under the international Entrepreneurs Organisation. The organisation brings together some of the most influential and socially aware entrepreneurs in Qatar, in an attempt to help their members learn and grow [...]

Interview: Khalid Al Jaber, A serial entrepreneur

As CEO of Innovation Group, Khalid Al Jaber is a 35-year-old Qatari who is involved in all four of his company’s divisions, in the information technology sector and filmmaking, as well model building for the construction, real estate and oil and gas industries, through the German-based Innovation GmbH. Al Jaber is also executive director of [...]

Virtualising Qatar’s Businesses

The virtualisation of business organisations and the challenges in the networking and data management industry TheEDGE spoke exclusively with Nimer Ghazal, country manager for Brocade Qatar about the virtualisation of business functions, the move to cloud based applications and the challenges for companies in managing their data in a time of information explosion. What is [...]

Qatar’s atomic future

Nuclear energy analyst provides evidence of Qatar’s atomic power ambitions by Jamie Stewart Evidence has emerged that the Qatar Ministry of Energy and Industry is moving forwards with its programme to develop nuclear power in the country. State-owned energy giant Qatar Petroleum is seeking to employ a senior nuclear energy analyst, with responsibilities including playing [...]

Is Management Ideology the last bastion of American hegemony?

Here is a tricky question: How many living management gurus did not learn their trade in North America? The London Business Schoolís Julian Birkinshaw, who has presented this condundrum to many of his esteemed international colleagues, writes that it is not easy to come up with a list of top experts who are not American, [...]

News: New NGO launched to enhance research and sustainability in Qatar

Doha, 25 October: As part of Qatar’s investment and long-term commitment to the environment, the Qatar Sustainability Network (QSN) was officially launched in Doha yesterday. At the launch, Nadia Aboul Hosn interim board member at QSN outlined the mandate as a network to cultivate a culture of research, science, and sustainability through active engagement of civil [...]

Vol 4 Issue 10 Oct 2012

This month’s cover story in about one of Qatar’s more contentious investments, The Shard, a skyscraper that sits on the bank of the river Thames in central London. We take a look at the differing sentiments it has generated from Londoners and Qatar’s role in the project. In this issue we also look at the [...]

RecentArticles: Human resources

The customer is always right

PART 1: THE IMPORTANCE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE One of the advantages of living in Qatar is a growing variety when it comes to shopping, entertainment and dining. With choices ranging from the inexpensive to the internationally competitive, options abound.  Unfortunately, it seems that the quality of customer service has not kept up with other aspects in [...]

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Five Ways To Ensure Your Workplace is getting the Best Training

A survey conducted recently in Qatar released interesting results about the impact of various spoken languages communicating within the workplace. Ryan Peden explains further the challenges and barriers of diverse mother tongues affecting employee efficiency and business results. Ever the last couple of months here at Educate Learning Center, we have been collecting survey responses [...]

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How do you reward employee performance?

Organisations need to find their balance and niche to create a sustainable reward strategy to drive employee performance. Two key triggers for companies are to save cost and to maximise expenditure. How can organisations achieve this in a highly competitive, evolving and increasingly mobile workforce? Lauren Penny explains further. With economical challenges today, and declining [...]

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Meeting Generation X, Y and Baby Boomers

Meet ‘Generation Y’ born with an iPhone in one hand and setting up their Twitter account with the other. So just who is Generation Y and where do they fit in to the modern business landscape? Deborah Rogers looks at the challenges facing managers and recruiters as those born between 1981 and 2000 hit the [...]

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Work/Life Balance: What does it really mean?

Work/life balance is a term thrown around constantly. Leaders will agree they need more balance, but to most leaders they find this elusive. Productivity is measured ñ wellness is not. Explains Lauren Penny Today’s world is faster than ever before, modern-day technology, daily turn of events in the financial markets and the pace of global [...]

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Fit to Work: Are Your Employees Ready to Burn Out?

Executives work under pressure in today’s world.To handle such stress, short deadlines and extended working hours, TheEDGE’s human resources expert Lauren Penny answers one of the most asked questions. Are your employees fit, both physically and emotionally, to maintain high performance delivery over a sustained period? The corporate world is increasing high performance requirements, organisations [...]

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That Special Sauce Pt 2: Utilising High Potential Employees

In the second part of their high potential employee series, thanks to their extensive research Jay Conger, Doug Ready, Linda Hill and Emily Stecker emphasise the importance of discovering, developing and retaining top talent to lead an organisation in the future, by identifying ‘x-factors’. Last time we identified these four factors as being a drive [...]

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That Special Sauce Pt 1: Anatomy of High Potential Employees

The world over, companies have long been interested in identifying ‘high-potential employees’, but few firms know how to convert top talent into game changers – people who can shape the future of the business. In the first of a two part series in the subject, Jay Conger, Doug Ready, Linda Hill and Emily Stecker identify [...]

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The People Principle: Engaging Your Employees

Kanchan Ghoshal illustrates how companies can engage their employees to make a significant impact on the bottom line.Some time ago, a leading retailer in the United Kingdom came up with the idea of an ‘employee customer profit chain’, which works on the principle that if an organisation recruits talented people and engages them effectively, this will [...]

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US Human Resources Pro Dr Joe Folkman on Leadership

Doctor Joseph Folkman, of United States human resources consultancy, Zenger Folkman, has a Masters degree in Organisational Behaviour and a PhD in Organisational Psychology. He is also a psychometrician, which is the measurement of psychological attributes to determine vocational suitability. Dr Folkman, who specialises in the analysis of business leaders, is also a world-renowned speaker [...]

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