Effective Leadership during Strategic Change: An Investigative Study of Abu Dhabi Police

Al Karaeen, Bashar (2016) Effective Leadership during Strategic Change: An Investigative Study of Abu Dhabi Police. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) has gone through significant changes over the past decade in its progress towards modernisation. During the course of the change programme the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government has sponsored the work of ADP and has encouraged many projects.
The purpose of this research is to investigate the factors that are involved with change management within Abu Dhabi Police (ADP). The study looks into various aspects, including the role of ADP senior police leaders, leadership styles, culture, statecraft and its use in ADP, and the overall impact of these elements have on the success of strategic change.
This study adopted a mixed method sequential exploratory approach.
The findings identify the key roles of senior police leaders and the skills required to effect change. One of the findings was that change management responsibilities were viewed as a priority and as an essential role of senior police leaders. Situational leadership emerged as the most prominent style of leadership. Several competencies were seen as a requirement to enact change, one such competency was statecraft. Culture and the working environment were perceived to have an impact on the workings of ADP. In a wider Arab contextual and contemporary sense, the subjects of social media and extremist Arab militant groups are touched upon to give a broader understanding to the complexities of the Middle East.
The findings make several contributions to academia which has implications for theory and practice, specifically as regards to public organisations which offer citizens a public service. One of the major findings is that it is the responsibility of senior police leaders and the top management within ADP to assess and analyse what is expected from the government and to implement the changes required in the new police organisational setting. In doing so this research has shown that political awareness and statecraft are seen as essential criteria for senior police leaders and executive police leaders. Overall, the research provides a rare and privileged insight into the workings of senior police officers within a modern Arab police force.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: Users 7376 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 11:45
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 00:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59396

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