Managing Global Organizations

A Cultural Perspective

Rabi S. Bhagat, University of Memphis, US, Harry C. Triandis, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US and Annette S. McDevitt, University of Memphis, US

The globalization of business is a reality that confronts organizations of all sizes from different nations and cultures. This book serves as a comprehensive guide for understanding the nature of cultural variations that affect important aspects of organizational behavior.

‘. . . Anyone interested in managing on a global scale will find this important, offering insights on everything from structuring work under different cultural norms to rewards, organizational behavior practices, and more. All functions managers need to know are discussed in relation to managing global organizations, with numerous theories and findings exploring cultural variations and how they can affect a company’s pursuits around the world. In-depth discussions make this a ‘must’ for any college-level business reference collection; particularly those focusing on global business strategies’.
– The Midwest Book Review

‘As its title implies, this book by three distinguished scholars puts a cultural perspective at the front and center of issues relating to current approaches to managing complex organizations. It does this by covering the most recent relevant findings by researchers from around the world and, most importantly, interpreting those findings in ways that provide useful guidelines and approaches for those in positions of organizational responsibility. For anyone studying or practicing management in challenging global-oriented contexts this volume is essential – and highly interesting – reading.’
– Lyman W. Porter, University of California, Irvine, US

‘This book is a tour-de-force and a must-read for any scholar and practitioner who is interested in managing global organizations. From such topics as how to motivate, reward, lead, manage conflict, and structure work in different cultural contexts, the authors provide critical insights into how culture shapes all aspects of organizational behavior and a compelling vision of the future that awaits multinational and global organizations. Bravo to the authors for providing the field with a gold mine of information on managing organizations across cultures!’
– Michele Joy Gelfand, University of Maryland, College Park, US

‘This book represents the very best of academic as well as field intensive thinking about cultural and global issues in organizations. While many people have focused on cultural and global issues in the past several decades, the field has largely lacked a systematic review and analysis of these issues in specific contexts. What Bhagat, Triandis and McDevitt offer the reader is a wonderfully comprehensive analysis of key issues of culture in organizations. This is absolutely a “must” reading for every serious scholar of global organizations.’
– Chris Earley, Purdue University, US

‘This is an important book dealing with the increasingly important phenomenon of international business ventures and the globalization of management, markets, and careers. Drs. Bhagat, Triandis, and McDevitt have produced a challenging and highly readable book in which they analyze such key concepts as intercultural communication, job satisfaction in culturally diverse workplaces, the additional workplace stressors brought on by international business alliances, the importance of working with others in groups and on teams charged with task completion, and the transfer of technology among people with different but overlapping skill sets and knowledge. This book will find a valued place in the libraries of international managers, graduate students contemplating careers in international business, and trainers who take on the challenge of preparing people for assignments in countries other than their own.’
– Richard Brislin, University of Hawaii, US

‘Issues of cultural variations in the management of global organizations are of great importance in the 21st century. In developing this book, these three authors bring a wealth of academic knowledge, practical insights from their consulting and worldwide travels in presenting us a coherent picture of how the world of work organizations have changed in response to cultural differences and synergies. The 14 chapters cover all of the important aspects of organization behavior and theory including recent topics like global management focused on the creation and transfer of organizational knowledge. This book is a must read for all students interested in understanding the fundamentals of cultural differences and how they affect the management of global organizations.’
– Kwok Leung, City University of Hong Kong, China

2014 368 pp Paperback 978 1 78254 018 2 £37.00 £29.60 $58.00 $46.40
2013 368 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 595 7 £109.00 £98.10 $165.00 $148.50

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