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Deloitte ME PoV: Will whistleblowing challenge Middle East companies?


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  • Deloitte ME PoV: Is demand for MENA event organizers highest in the world?
  • Deloitte ME PoV: Islamic Finance Institutions to adopt knowledge sharing strategies

14 August, 2013- Whistleblowing, or ‘Ethics’ hotlines, have gained importance in the Middle East over the last few years, although it is difficult to identify any legislation to protect ‘whistle-blowers’ in the region. This topic is discussed in the summer 2013 issue of the Deloitte Middle East Point of View (ME PoV), the quarterly thought-leadership publication and App for tablets. The latest edition tackles current hot matters from intellectual capital in Islamic Finance, to liquefied natural gas in Qatar, cyber-attacks, and many more matters of interest to business leaders in the Middle East. 

One of the interesting topics for Middle East leaders and companies relates to the need for boards to “SACK” management if reporting is being done ineffectively. “SACK” is an acronym developed by the author of “Less is more”, featured in the Middle East Point of View publication and App. ‘Stipulate, Appoint, Collaborate, Keep monitoring’, or “SACK”, consists of a 4-point solution for efficient and effective management reporting developed by the author to assist companies working towards succeeding in their projects.

In line with the focus on people within firms, in ‘Event Management: bringing people together’, the author explores the need for effective event management following the rapid social and business development taking place in the Middle East. Driven by huge economic and population growth in Qatar, Saudi  Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, demand for events in the MENA region appears to be increasing at a far greater pace than the rest of the world, thereby increasing the need for effective and efficient event management strategies and tactics.

“In every issue of the Middle East Point of View publication and App, we stress on the region’s most strategic, talked about and buzz-worthy topics. Our Deloitte subject matter and industry leaders lend their expert views on matters of importance to our region and our clients. Of note in this issue are the pieces on whistleblowing, big data, risk and cyber-attacks, oil production, Islamic Finance, and effective management practices”, said Rana Ghandour Salhab, Communication partner at Deloitte Middle East.

Further highlights of the latest Deloitte Middle East Point of View Summer print publication and App include:

  • In ‘Has the train left the station?’, the author provides insight into the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market and affirms Qatar’s leadership position in terms of producer of LNG. The study further assesses the possibility of Qatar’s LNG pre-eminence being challenged by shale oil from the U.S. and LNG from Australia.
  • In ‘Brick by brick, tile by tile’, the author assesses the building of intellectual capital in Islamic Finance through the use of Knowledge Management strategy. Knowledge Management is one of the most important strategic resources in any organization and Islamic Finance Institutions ought to have a collaborative approach towards the concept of knowledge sharing, and leveraging their scarce resources and expertise as well as proposing practical steps towards developing a knowledge-sharing culture in the industry.
  • In ‘ICS: protecting the other network’, the author sheds light on the recent proliferation of cyber-attacks and the need for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to mitigate them. For the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) with significant reliance on process industries such as Oil and Gas, complex ICS systems are considered the cornerstone of operations. In the GCC, the protection of ICS needs to be customized to the unique regional characteristics of the area and should adapt to the changing landscape of security globally with particular attention to the mutual convergence of IT and Operational Technology.
  • In ‘New business strategies and big data’, the authors discuss how under the appropriate circumstances, big data can lead to insight within emerging trends that are invisible in small data and thereby provides the means for businesses to be more proactive. As such, access to this data can give companies the opportunity to generate new profits by anticipating and directing the market toward unrealized demands.

To download the PDF of the summer 2013 Middle East Point of View, go to: http://bit.ly/19hdmMa 

To download the Middle East Point of View App and review over 100 current and past articles, go to http://bit.ly/Q9WGAV 

To subscribe to the Middle East Point of View, send contact details to middleeast@deloitte.com   

Deloitte offers the print publication at no cost to leaders and educational institutions in the Middle East. 

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