Cambridge Handbook of Culture, Organizations, and Work

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It is now widely recognized that countries around the world are becoming increasingly interconnected, and that both public and private organizations are of necessity becoming increasingly global. As political, legal, and economic barriers recede in this environment, cultural barriers emerge as a principal challenge to organizational survival and success. It is not yet clear whether these global realities will cause cultures to converge, harmonize, and seek common ground or to retrench, resist, and accentuate their differences. In either case, it is of paramount importance for both managers and organizational scholars to understand the cultural crosscurrents underlying these changes. With contributions from an international team of scholars, this 2009 book reviews, analyzes, and integrates available theory and research to give the best information possible concerning the role of culture and cultural differences in organizational dynamics.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This Handbook conveniently brings together a wide range of contributions by international experts. It provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of what we know, and still don’t know, about how culture influences organizations and work. This is a subject of keen interest to both scholars and practitioners, but one in which different theories and methodologies compete for attention. The handbook that Bhagat and Steers have assembled guides us through the maze and will be an indispensible source of reference for many years to come.”
John Child, Chair of Commerce, Birmingham University Business School

“Effectively managing cross-cultural interaction for the benefit of society and the economy will define the success of twenty-first century society. The Cambridge Handbook of Culture, Organizations, and Work, edited by Rabi Bhagat and Rick Steers, could not be more relevant or timely. It is an important addition to the libraries and thinking of international management scholars.”
Nancy J. Adler, S. Bronfman Chair in Management, McGill University, Montreal, and author of International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior (5th edition, 2008)

“Rabi Bhagat and Rick Steers have combined their broad knowledge of research on organizations and culture to edit a state-of-the-art handbook that will serve as an important work of reference for both new and established scholars. The Cambridge Handbook of Culture, Organizations, and Work melds a strong disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspective and features contributions from up–and-coming as well as highly respected senior scholars in the field.”
Arie Y. Lewin, Professor of Strategy and Sociology, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies (2002– 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521877428
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabi S. Bhagat is Professor of International Management and Organizational Behavior at the Fogelman College of Business, University of Memphis.

Richard M. Steers is Professor Emeritus of Organization and Management and former Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Figures; Tables; Preface; Part I. Cultural Foundations: 1. The culture theory jungle: divergence and convergence in models of national culture Luciara Nardon and Richard M. Steers; 2. Culture, organizations, and institutions: an integrative review Kwok Leung and Soon Ang; 3. When does culture matter? Cristina B. Gibson, Martha L. Maznevski and Bradley L. Kirkman; Part II. Culture and Organization Theory: 4. Culture and organization design: strategy, structure, and decision-making Richard M. Steers, Luciara Nardon and Carlos Sanchez-Runde; 5. Cross-cultural perspectives on international mergers and acquisitions Günter K. Stahl and Mansour Javidan; 6. Global culture and organizational processes Miriam Erez and Gili S. Drori; 7. Cultural variations in the creation, diffusion and transfer of organizational knowledge Rabi S. Bhagat, Annette S. McDevitt and Ian McDevitt; 8. Cultural variations and the morphology of innovation John R. Kimberly and Colleen Beecken Rye; Part III. Culture and Organizational behavior: 9. Understanding leadership across cultures Marcus W. Dickson, Deanne N. Den Hartog and Nathalie Castaño; 10. Global leadership: progress and challenges Joyce S. Osland, Sully Taylor and Mark E. Mendenhall; 11. The role of cultural elements in virtual teams Taryn L. Stanko and Cristina B. Gibson; 12. Cultural drivers of work behavior: personal values, motivation, and job attitudes Carlos Sanchez-Runde, Sang Myung Lee and Richard M. Steers; 13. Interdisciplinary perspectives on culture, conflict, and negotiation Lynn Imai and Michele J. Gelfand; 14. The complexity of trust: cultural environments, trust, and trust development Nancy R. Buchan; 15. Cultural variations in work stress and coping in an era of globalization Rabi S. Bhagat, Pamela K. Steverson and Ben C. H. Kuo; 16. Cultural values and women's work and career experiences Ronald J. Burke; 17. Intercultural training for the global workplace: review, synthesis, and theoretical explorations Dharm P. S. Bhawuk; Part IV. Future Directions in Theory and Research: 18. Improving methodological robustness in cross-cultural organizational research Fons J. R. Van De Vijver and Ronald Fischer; 19. Culture, work, and organizations: a future research agenda Rabi S. Bhagat.

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