Department of Conflict Resolution Studies Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

First Advisor

Alexia Georgakopoulos

Second Advisor

Judith McKay

Third Advisor

Robin Cooper


business administration, conflict dynamic, family business, female employment, Saudi Arabia, strategic planning, succession


The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the lived experiences of second-generation Saudi Arabian females working in their family businesses, in order to reach conclusions and make recommendations to improve the dynamics and outcomes of conflict experienced now and in the future. Research here analyzed the lived experiences of twenty-two second-generation Saudi Arabian females who work in a family business, inquiring about their perceptions of female roles within the Saudi Arabian business world, their lived experiences of conflicts in their family businesses, and their understandings about best management and resolution of such conflicts.

This pioneering study’s findings about second-generation businesswomen’s lived experiences are vital to encourage the growth, sustainability, and longevity of the subject family business entities, as power transfers from one generation to the next. This qualitative study applied transcendental phenomenology and feminist theory to analyze the participant’s interviews, contributing valuable missing data to the literature. Conclusions reached and recommendations offered were informed by the collected data’s analysis and will serve all Saudi Arabian family businesses by: preparing future generations, guiding and giving hope to Saudi women workers, and benefiting those interested in employing females as it will greatly contribute to their understanding of employment for women in a Saudi Arabian family business.