Women Leaders in the Middle East and the West

  • Judith Baxter
  • Haleema Al A’ali


This chapter sets the scene for the rest of the book by presenting its purpose, theoretical framework, the cultural backgrounds to the UK and Bahraini studies, and a review of research literature on women in leadership that has been conducted in those two contexts. Drawing on three Bahraini and three UK case studies of women business leaders, the aim of this book is to explore the ways in which senior women perform leadership within their communities of practice, and to produce insights on the relationship between gender and leadership language within Bahraini and UK cultural contexts.


Leadership Gender Communities of practice Identity Discourses Middle East 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Baxter
    • 1
  • Haleema Al A’ali
    • 2
  1. 1.Aston UniversityBirminghamUK
  2. 2.University of BahrainSkheerBahrain

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