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Business Leadership and Culture
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Business Leadership and Culture

National Management Styles in the Global Economy

9781840641714 Edward Elgar Publishing
The late Björn Bjerke, formerly Linnaeus University, Sweden
Publication Date: 1999 ISBN: 978 1 84064 171 4 Extent: 304 pp
How do business leaders think as a result of their national culture? This book provides a discussion and comparative analysis of five major cultures – American, Arab, Chinese, Japanese and Scandinavian – and how they reveal themselves in business practice.
Awarded Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2000

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How do business leaders think as a result of their national culture? This book provides a discussion and comparative analysis of five major cultures – American, Arab, Chinese, Japanese and Scandinavian – and how they reveal themselves in business practice.

The author begins by introducing the concept of culture and why it is important, addressing issues such as values, beliefs and assumptions and the consequences of these. Björn Bjerke then goes on to address corporate culture and business strategy as well as some myths associated with national cultures. Looking at the five specific cultures he addresses cultural themes and presents a typified picture of the business leader in each of these. He concludes that there are five different capitalist systems governing these cultures, and that the business leader plays a different role in each. Extending this discussion, the author questions whether the culture-free business leader exists and, if so, what the characteristics of such a person might be.

Business Leadership and Culture will enlighten students, scholars and business people about the consequences of culture for international business and management.
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‘A thorough, insightful, piece of work that should be included on any “leadership” reading list.’
– Long Range Planning

‘Throughout, Bjerke carefully cites the supporting literature of the general social sciences as well as that of management and business organization. The volume’s cumulative development is impressive in its marshalling of the diverse approaches and insights while probing into the special characteristics of each of the five national cultures selected. . . Recommended for international business collections, upper-division undergraduate through professional.’
– J.C. Thompson, Choice
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Contents: Foreword 1. To Understand Culture 2. Corporate Culture 3. Business Leadership and National Culture 4. American Culture 5. Arab Culture 6. Chinese Culture 7. Japanese Culture 8. Scandinavian Culture 9. A Comparative Analysis and Interpretation 10. The Cultural Business Leader References Index
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