Management Across Cultures: Challenges and Strategies by Richard M. Steers

By Richard M. Steers

Administration practices and techniques usually fluctuate throughout nationwide and local obstacles. What might be applicable managerial behaviour in a single tradition can be counterproductive or perhaps unacceptable in one other. As managers more and more locate themselves operating throughout cultures, the necessity to comprehend those changes has develop into more and more very important. This ebook examines why those transformations exist and the way international managers can advance concepts and strategies to accommodate them. The textual content attracts on fresh learn in anthropology, psychology, and administration, to provide an explanation for the cultural and mental underpinnings that form managerial attitudes and behaviours, while introducing a studying version to steer within the highbrow and useful improvement of managers looking more advantageous international services. It deals trouble-free conceptual versions to steer knowing and exploration of themes and summarizes and integrates the teachings discovered in every one bankruptcy in applications-oriented 'Manager's Notebooks'. A significant other site that includes complete chapter-by-chapter PPT slides is out there at www.cambridge.org/management_across_cultures.

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In Chapter 4, we examine various patterns of managerial thinking and information processing, and how such differences can affect subsequent behavior. We focus on managerial patterns in three different cultures to provide a comparison here. Moreover, we address the issue of whether management styles are converging or diverging as a result of increased globalization forces. c Challenge #4: Develop an understanding of the competing interests and demands of various stakeholders in an organization, as well as the organizational processes necessary for achieving targeted outcomes.

This is essentially a question of haves and havenots, winners and losers in the globalization game. On an individual level, it is well known that globalization can bring extraordinary opportunities to those who can access the education and resources needed to keep pace with global developments. 22 But it is not only individuals. Companies that turn the challenges of globalization to their own advantage also find themselves ahead of those that do not. Similarly, whole societies that lag behind the most advanced economies are also trying to close the gap that separates them from the leaders, and it is not clear that they will all eventually succeed, or at least not easily.

Indeed, no one ever said being a manager was easy, but it seems to get more difficult with each passing year. As competitive pressures increase across most industries and services, so too do the pressures on managers to deliver results. Succeeding against the odds often catapults a manager into the higher echelons of the organization, with a concomitant increase in personal rewards. But failure to deliver often slows one’s career advancement, if it doesn’t stop it altogether. The stakes are very high for both managers and organizations.

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