تطوير القطاع الحكومي القطري – ضرورة أم ترف؟


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يتزايد الطلب على استهلاك التكنولوجيا المتطورة يوماً بعد يوم، و يأتي هذا الطلب المتسارع مع تسارع وتيرة سباق التطوير بين كبرى الشركات المتخصصة في هذا المجال حول العالم. في أحيان كثيرة نعتقد أن السعي وراء أحدث التقنيات نوع من أنواع الترف و الاستهلاك المبالغ فيه (الذي نعاني منه في مجتمعاتنا). إحصائياً يمتلك ٧١٪ من السكان في دولة قطر أجهزة هواتف ذكية متصلة بالانترنت (تقرير المشهد الرقمي ٢٠١٤- وزارة الاتصالات و تكنولوجيا المعلومات، قطر). هذا المشهد أصبح مألوفاً على صعيد الشخصي و لا سيما الجيل الجديد الذي لم يشهد عصر ما قبل الطفرة التكنولوجية في أوائل تسيعنات القرن الماضي. استهلاك التكنولوجيا من قبل الأجيال الجديدة و الأجيال التي واكبت الثورة الرقمية أدت إلى تغيير في متطلبات المواطنين و أصحاب الأعمال من القطاع الحكومي ليكون أكثر تكيفاً مع المتغييرات المحيطة به محلياً و عالمياً، و أن يكون أكثر فاعلية و أسرع أداءً.

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The Effect of Global Boycott of Israel: Case Study of McDonalds Fast Food Chain


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By: Ameena Al-Emadi, Muna Al-Ansari, Maha Mohammed,Aysha Khameeri , Asia Shafiqulruhman  

1.     Global Opportunity and threat identification and analysis

1.1.  What is “Boycott” or “Buycott” or “Anti-boycott”

Community Tool Box, (2014) defines boycott as “an effort to convince a large number of consumers not to do business with a particular person or business”, while Ethical Consumer, (2014) defines boycotts as “essentially moral acts: expressions of disapproval and attempts to disassociate from the object of complaint.”

1.2.  Boycott Objectives

There are two main objectives of boycott. First, it creates a lot of negative publicity against organization being boycotted. Second, as a result of this negative publicity, threatens to the organization’s bottom line (organization profits). It is used to force individual or business to change the organization policies and practices. As it is an economic tool it used against those who are accustomed to holding the economic cards. In addition, it encourages civic responsibility for community members by letting people put their money where their values are. Finally, other business will learn that negotiation is preferable to risking a boycott. Therefore, boycott is used for different reasons such as:

  • As an end in itself: It is organized by a group of people without really expecting the organization being boycotted to make any changes In this case, the group members only want to make their point and express their disapproval with the company. In addition to that it can also be used to stop purchasing a certain product.
  • To destroy an individual or corporation: Used to force the corporation or individual out of business.
  • As a bargaining chip: Which is the most common use. A group uses a boycott to convince an individual, company, or country to change certain practices they disagree with. It is used as a tool to force policy changes. For example, to force them to treat employees better, and develop more environmentally friendly containers for their products.

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2014 in review, My Blog


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 380 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Market Analysis of Vacuum Cleaners Functional Jobs in Qatari Market


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Ameena Al-Emadi, Asia Rahmatullah Shafiqulruhman, Aysha Abduiaziz Khameeri, Maha Mohammed Ali, Muna Al-Ansari 

1.     Vacuum Cleaner Evolution

In early 19th century (January 1, 1801 – December 31, 1900), one of the most common methods used to keep carpets clean was “Drugget”, or sometimes called “Crumb Clothes”, a heavy woolen sheet spread under tables to protect carpets from spills (Burrows).

This method was used in dining, drawing rooms, during summer and major functions of wedding receptions. The main purpose of these sheets was, to protect the precious carpets from dirt and sunlight (Burrows). This was reflected in many of art works in 19th century, as illustrated in the appendix section.

However, this method didn’t remove stain (ink, oil and grease). In 1830’s creative housewives invented effective stain removal method, by using lemon juice and hot loaf of bread (JCS). Published articles revealed the necessity of sweeping carpets to prevent run-out and damages (JCS).

During 1860-1870s, carpet-cleaning industry emerged by invented first manual operated vacuum cleaner Ives W. McGaffey invented the “Whirlwind,” the first manual vacuum cleaner. (JCS)

In 1900-1901, the first electrical vacuum cleaner, invented by Hubert Cecil Booth, from England, who built a large device called “Puffy Billy”, drawn by horse and operated on petrol before switching to electric motor. (JCS)

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Eyes On The Road – Road Safety Solution for Qatar


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By: Ameena Al-Emadi, Fatima Qafoud and Zakiya Al-Boloshi

The Most Precious Asset in Qatar is Dissolving!

Human beings are the most valuable assets of any civilization. Buildings and tangible assets are worthless without having healthy people to live in. In Qatar, this precious asset is at the verge of dissolving through road carnage. Statistics indicate that road traffic injuries in Qatar cause one out of eight deaths (12.5%) (MayssaNehlawi, 2013). According to Dr. Rafael Consunji, the Injury prevention Director at Trauma Surgery of Hamad General Hospital, the number of deaths related to road accidents is more than that caused by cancer or cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, every year, 80 pedestrians die and more than 200 suffer from severe injuries. إقرأ المزيد

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Misleading Management, LEADERSHIP IT’s NOT What You THINK!


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By: Ameena Al-Emadi, Fatima Qafoud and Zakiya Al-Boloshi

In this chapter of Mintzberg’s interesting book, “Management It’s NOT What You Think”, he tried to bring our stereotypical image of leaders down to earth, then he started to shape leader’s characteristics within a group and organizations, finally he broaden the concept of leadership to a wider scope defined as community-ship.

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Financial Analysis of Gulf Warehouse Company (Q.S.C)


 By: Ameena Al-Emadi, Muna Al-Ansari, Sara Al-Abdulla, and Noora Al-Merri 
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1.   Executive Summary

Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC) is the largest one-stop shop for supply chain and logistics in Qatar, the company was established in 2003 and officially listed in Qatar Exchange Market (QE) in 2004, 65% of GWC shares owned by public whereas the remaining 35% of the shares are distributed among 9 enterprises, which have representatives in the Board of Directors (BOD) and has a CEO who was appointed to this post from within the company is managing the company. The BOD performance is monitored by three committees and has one internal auditor, to ensure management alignment to achieve shareholders’ interests.

During the span of our study of GWC financial performance we found that the company is in growth phase and there is lots of undertaking investment activities, the firm have acquired Agility Qatar in December 2010 and were investing heavily in the fixed assets also it has recently extended its operation to other GCC countries (Riyadh, Dubai, Bahrain) and also to Nigeria, this expansion decision lead to negative beta value in 2013 where it become -0.4, such negative value may indicate that the firm is a “Gold-Mining” company, but with further investigation investors need to be careful with such value.

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