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Corporate governance challenges accompanying the privatisation of public education in Qatar

Althani, A.F. (2010). Corporate governance challenges accompanying the privatisation of public education in Qatar. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City University London)


Research on corporate governance in different institutional and national contexts is important because of the peculiarity of differing institutional environments, and the extent to which governance models are transferred or copied from one environment to another. Thus, research in each area enriches our understanding of corporate governance in general. Despite the fact that governments globally have placed privatisation at the top of the policy agenda in recent years, there are some sectors that have experienced very little or limited privatisation, for example education. The purpose of this thesis is to give a critical account of the introduction and development of the privatised education system in Qatar following consultancy advice from RAND1 in 2001 and to explore the model of corporate governance used for that delivery. In presenting and reviewing, these developments in Qatar, this thesis will serve three purposes: 1) To challenge some findings of prior research; 2) To suggest a corporate governance mix for this case that encompasses a broader view of governance than has been considered in prior research; and 3) To identify gaps in past research that represent promising opportunities for future study. The guiding question raised in this thesis is, ―what are the roles and challenges of corporate governance structures (mechanisms, approaches), in contributing to the development and establishment of Qatar‘s unique privatised education system?‖ The researcher chose this question because of the relative neglect of corporate governance aspects in this instance. This research revealed that corporate governance aspects came as an afterthought to decision makers in Qatar. As an informed observer and participant, being a member of the Supreme Education Council for Education, the researcher was in a position to access valuable and relevant information.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Bayes Business School
Doctoral Theses
Bayes Business School > Bayes Business School Doctoral Theses
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