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Cultural Variations and the Global Organization

Rabi S. Bhagat

in Global Organizations

Published in print June 2017 | ISBN: 9780190241490
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190671143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241490.003.0007
Cultural Variations and the Global Organization

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Cultural variations present significant challenges for managers, customers, and clients of global organizations. Cultures of the nations are enduring differences that have evolved for centuries and do not change easily. Without adequate consideration of cultural variations, the effective functioning of global organizations is nearly impossible. The classification of cultures on a national scale that is based on careful analysis should provide the context for expanding the operations of global organizations across nations. Some cultures function more effectively by taking into account the role of relationships, whereas others are more governed by rules and regulations that have existed for centuries. Working across these two distinct types of cultures is considerably difficult. This chapter discusses various strategies for dealing with such cultural differences. The topics of cultural intelligence, cultural sensitivity, cultural competence, and cultural distance among nations are presented.

Keywords: cultural; variation; intelligence; sensitivity; competence; Hofstede; individualism; collectivism; power; distance

Chapter.  14675 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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