Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2002 (Revised March 2008)

Saudi Arabia: Getting the House in Order

by Richard H.K. Vietor and Rebecca Evans


Provides a vehicle to explore Islamic development and political issues within BGIE (business, government, and international economy). Set in early 2002, the case focuses on Crown Prince Abdullah's efforts to liberalize a failing rentier state, that had been dependent on petroleum for too long. His efforts to liberalize, however, come at a politically and socially sensitive time--just after September 11, 2001, and in the midst of the Palestinian intifada. In a desperate effort to maintain oil prices, OPEC has recently reduced output by 1.5 million barrels daily, with Saudi Arabia bearing the largest cut.

Keywords: Disruption; Development Economics; Non-Renewable Energy; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; International Relations; Leading Change; Saudi Arabia; Middle East;


Vietor, Richard H.K., and Rebecca Evans. "Saudi Arabia: Getting the House in Order." Harvard Business School Case 702-031, March 2002. (Revised March 2008.)