The State-Enterprise Experience in the GCC: Whither Singapore Inc.?
The city-state of Singapore's roadmap for internationalization of local companies into the GCC region has, arguably, made its mark; recently crossing the milestone of 100 local companies that have, to date, found business opportunities in this foreign and exotic land. Actually taking these opportunities, however, has proven more complicated, with cultural differences and highly dynamic local business environments posing unforeseen challenges to Singapore companies – producing a test of adaptability that has returned rather mixed results. Of particular interest are government-linked companies (GLCs), among the largest and the first of Singapore's entrants into the region; perceived as more structurally rigid, and with stakeholder obligations and motivations very much beyond the profit-driven. Thus, this paper – in which we explore the experiences of GLCs in the GCC, and draw some perhaps surprising conclusions.
Internationalization, GCC, Singapore, Arab states, Gulf region, government-linked enterprises, private enterprises, case studies, competition
Research Journal of Economics and Business Studies
How, Wilfred Pow Ngee and Yeoh, Caroline.
The State-Enterprise Experience in the GCC: Whither Singapore Inc.?. (2013). Research Journal of Economics and Business Studies. 2, (9), 62-70. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/lkcsb_research/3543
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.