Factors Supporting Emirati Court Excellence: Weights and Priorities

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Factors Supporting Emirati Court Excellence: Weights and Priorities

by Dr. Rassel Kassem

Factors Supporting Emirati Court Excellence: Weights and Priorities

Quick description:

To assess the organizational culture of courts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the culture type required to achieve business excellence. This research also aims to benchmark the criteria weights of the international framework for court excellence (IFCE) in the UAE and suggest new weights that better reflect courts’ local priorities and national work culture.

ABSTRACT

Purpose

To assess the organizational culture of courts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the culture type required to achieve business excellence. This research also aims to benchmark the criteria weights of the international framework for court excellence (IFCE) in the UAE and suggest new weights that better reflect courts’ local priorities and national work culture.

Design/methodology/approach

The Analytic Hierarchy Process method (AHP) was used to prioritize the IFCE criteria and select the most important culture types to consider. A questionnaire was designed and data were collected from first instance courts in UAE. The respondents were judges in management roles, to ensure that the opinions provided reflected experience of judging and were aligned with the courts’ strategic objectives.

Findings

The results show that the IFCE model criteria have different levels of importance in UAE than in the original model. The major differences are in court proceedings and processes, and affordability and accessibility of services. Adaptability and mission seem to be the most important cultural traits.

Originality/value:

No previous studies have investigated court excellence in UAE. This study should supply court managers and administrators with a clearer understanding of the priorities for achieving court excellence. There is inconsistency about the culture needed to boost good performance in public service organizations like courts, and decision makers may use these findings to enhance the cultural attributes that are particularly associated with excellence in courts.

 Key words: Critical Factors, Organizational Culture, Court Excellence, IFCE, Benchmarking

 Article type: Original Article

Authors:

Dr. Rassel Kassem

Dr. Mian Ajmal

Dr. Matloub Hussain

Dr. Petri Helo

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