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Lisa Walker in Saudi Arabia
Wicks, Andrew C.; Nolan, John Case E-0435 / Published April 13, 2020 / 2 pages.
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Lisa Walker, a Wharton MBA graduate, was assigned to work in Saudi Arabia as part of her position at JPMorgan Chase. Walker has some trepidation, given Saudi Arabia's posture toward women. Initially, things were good and Walker felt respected and welcomed. After a while, however, the country's customs and dictates toward women began to wear on her. Walker encountered some resistance from male clients and colleagues, had to wear an abaya when she went out in public, and was allowed to enter some buildings only through the women's entrance. When these experiences begin to take a toll on Walker's professional performance, she must decide how to proceed.


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    Lisa Walker, a Wharton MBA graduate, was assigned to work in Saudi Arabia as part of her position at JPMorgan Chase. Walker has some trepidation, given Saudi Arabia's posture toward women. Initially, things were good and Walker felt respected and welcomed. After a while, however, the country's customs and dictates toward women began to wear on her. Walker encountered some resistance from male clients and colleagues, had to wear an abaya when she went out in public, and was allowed to enter some buildings only through the women's entrance. When these experiences begin to take a toll on Walker's professional performance, she must decide how to proceed.

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