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 EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Iraq-born SRU Professor Available for Interviews 



EDITOR’S ADVISORY                              10/6/03

Iraq-born Dr. Abbass F. Alkhafaji, a professor in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business,has returned to campus after a two-year visiting professor and research sabbatical at the University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. He is available for interviews related to issues, particularly business issues, concerning the Middle East.

Dr. Alkhafaji (Al-ka-fa-jee), educated at the University of Baghdad, Bowling Green State University, the University of North Texas and the University of Texas, which awarded him his doctorate, left Iraq in 1975.

His 1991 book, “The Gulf War Implications For Business and Media,” called for the Iraqi people to ousttheir leader Sadam Hussein.

 As part of his most recent sabbatical, he served on a number of panel discussions at the University of Sharjah and was quoted in the Nov. 23, 2002, issue of the Arab newspaper Al-Khaleej as offering four predictions about the  U.S.-Iraq War – and being correct on all counts. He predicted the war would be short; that oil prices would be affected short term; that Iraqi soldiers would not fight (would only fight while there was commander pressure, but would quickly surrender when the commanders lost control); and that the Arab world be better off with a democratic leader in Iraq.

 He is especially willing to offer comments about the rebuilding of his home country, the opportunities for business development and expansion, and other investment opportunities.

 In SRU’s School of Business, Dr. Alkhafaji teaches courses in business policy and strategic management, total quality management, and international management. At the 6-year-old University of Sharjah (5,000 students), he taught similar courses in the department of management, marketing, finance and public administration, while working on his latest book “Strategic Management: Formulation, Implementation and Control in a Dynamic Environment” just published by The Haworth Press, Inc., New York. Among other books, he has written “Corporate Transformation and Restructuring: A Strategic Approach” published by Quorum Books in 2001, reflecting the latest changes in management.

 Interviews with Dr. Alkhafaji may be arranged by calling 724-738-2199.

 PN, WpN, PgN, RL, TV, S


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