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Annual Report

Annual Report

             This research project is designed to identify and determine firm specific country specific variables connected with export from the UAE. We would like to determine and identify the variables and characteristics that are important traits for the decision makers involved in export from the UAE. This project will seek to identify some of the firm specific variables, which are important in terms of supporting export performance.  We want to analyze how the resource based view (RBV) and dynamic capabilities (DC) theory as well, in order to help to identify the important characteristics for the decision makers in the field of export trade. Are there any aspects of RBV and DC theory that dictate that the decision makers should have a specific set of behavioural or managerial capabilities or traits? UAE as a third-world country makes it more difficult for companies operating from its location. There is a handful of studies regarding exporting strategies about many countries, yet there is a lack of research on the export strategies of firms based in UAE.  The UAE management strategies operate in a significantly different economic environment due to its being a third-world country and its under-developed status in contrast to

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developed countries. Thus, the research aims to fill the gap in that area of knowledge, and expand the body of literature in general.

Requisites Accomplished for the October

1.) I amended the method of the research according to the advice from my supervisors. I used mix methods, Quantitative (survey) and Qualitative methods (In-depth Case studies) to gather data.  Since I need to identify the specific variables that are important to exporting products from the UAE, I must understand the requisites of management, employees and the firm in general in order to competitive in the export business in the UAE.  In forming our opinions and conclusions, I should ascertain my understanding of the export industry from the perspective of the exporters and not be bias to their responses.  The sample will be drawn from the registered export companies at Abu-Dhabi and Dubai Chamber of Commerce. The target will be 2,000 companies, 1,000 from Abu-Dhabi, and 1,000 companies From Dubai (the rate of response for the survey expected to be from 5% to 20%)

 I will carry the following analyses:

 1-Descriptive (for characteristic)

 2-Correlation (for association between variables)

 3-Regression (for the factors that determine exportation in UAE)

 I will control the following factors in the sample such as:

 1-The sectors of the firm

 2-the Size of the firm

 3-The age of the firm

 The instrument: I will use are:

 A-Survey

 B- In-Depth Case Study

 2.) I modified my literature work according to the advice from my supervisors in order to answer the following questions:

Why exporting?
Why UAE?
What is the background of UAE.
I added section about the Performance and how to measure it.

 3.) I made successful communications with Abu-Dhabi and Dubai Chamber of Commerce regarding data collection. They aided me with the required information about UAE in order to help me in my research.

4.) Early this year, my wife began her treatments in Lister Hospital/London/ Fertility Clinic (we have been married with no children for five years) and the treatment she receives require her to be consistently monitored, checked, scanned on a weekly basis, but unfortunately the treatment didn’t work and she underwent an medical operation on 24/7/2008.

 5.) I went home for some time in last May due to my father heart ailment.

Plans for Future Work

1.) Revision of Introduction – This should be about 10-15 pages and clearly indicates the purpose of the thesis through clearly defined and stated aims and objectives. It may include more general research questions as well.

2.) Additional Background Information for UAE – It will go as a chapter between the Introduction and the Literature Review. It will provide brief details of the characteristics of the Middle East region, outline some of the main historical, political and demographic features of UAE, and provide a detailed economic profile of the country. It will emphasize the end on the countries foreign trade sector particularly exports including exports from the non-oil sector. Such aspect may well be linked to government policy and the growth of sectors such as financial services and air transport. The aim should be for a non-UAE readers to gain a detailed economic profile of the country; and provide the background to a thesis on foreign trade/exporting in UAE.

3.) Revision of Literature – Include substantial sections on international trade. This may be included on the theoretical background, which includes the work of some of the major scholars on this topic starting with the work of Ricardo on the theory of Comparative Advantage; eventually, leading to the principles of Porter.

4.) Methodology – I will elaborate more on the methodology and the methods, which I will use and give some pros and cons of using each method.

5.) I will start gathering data regarding Macro and Micro levels from Abu-Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

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