Comparative Management: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management - Vol. 1

Comparative Management: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management - Vol. 1

Comparative Management: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management - Vol. 1

Comparative Management: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management - Vol. 1

Synopsis

Topics addressed in this set of volumes range from leadership to human resource management. The papers that comprise the volumes discuss the impact of cultural, institutional and societal variables across a number of countries.

Excerpt

The importance of comparative studies of management is now well recognized. Looking at similarities and differences between organizations in different countries and/or cultures enables the student of management to avoid simplistic theories that there is 'one best way' to run an organization (business, governmental or other). This view is increasingly important as globalization becomes more and more prominent in the world economy and multinational corporations spread their influence across more and more countries. As economic inter-dependence grows, so firms in different cultural settings trade with each other for example, and managers have to be aware of the different patterns of behaviour of both suppliers and customers. With workforces in many varied locations, multinational corporations have also to adapt their management structures and styles to settings often very different from their home base.

A burgeoning literature has now grown up in the comparative management field. Many thousands of articles and books have been devoted to the topic. It is virtually impossible to have all of these at hand when studying major themes in the area. We have selected the pieces we believe best illustrate the main debates in the field and provide a perspective on the different continents and cultures in which organizations operate. the selection aims to help both managers and students of management come to terms more effectively with the variety of organizational structures and behaviour across the globe, from North America where many such structures originated, to Europe (East and West), to Asia (especially East and South-East Asia where the Little Dragon economies are setting the pace for the older economic powers) and to the NICs, which constitute the bulk of the remaining countries. This collection thus reproduces many of the more insightful papers published in management and related fields, some of which have been influential in shaping expert opinion on international and cross-cultural studies of business. the four volumes attempt to cover the main areas of global economic activity dominated by the 'triad' blocs of North America, Europe and Japan and their respective ways of managing, as well as those hard at their heels.

Each volume deals with a distinctive stream of management. After an initial introduction, a number of key papers in the first volume cover the broad-brush

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