The Transplanted Executive: Why You Need to Understand How Workers in Other Countries See the World Differently / Edition 1

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Overview

With the passage of NAFTA and GATT, the steady integration of the European Community, and the emergence of promising new markets in Eastern Europe and the Pacific Rim, businesses around the world are globalizing their operations with unprecedented speed. But as executives working in foreign countries have discovered, organizational cultures can differ dramatically from country to country, and management practices effective back home can fail miserably abroad. The Transplanted Executive provides a comprehensive resource for managers of any nationality striving to understand the diversity of workplace values and traditions—and how they can be used to maximize employee efficiency, morale, and the bottom line.
Offering sensible solutions to everyday problems, this informative volume shows how employees with different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds respond to specific managerial techniques. The authors demonstrate, for example, why effective incentive systems in Japan might decrease productivity in United States, and why successful efforts to create team-based cooperation in Russia could alienate rather than motivate workers in England. Each chapter focuses on a different management problem—effective communication, motivation of workers, turning groups into teams, leadership skills, and quality management production—and following each chapter are quick reference charts that neatly summarize the text. The authors also include a table which provides cultural profiles of nearly 50 countries from major business centers around the world.
Now more than ever, multinational managers need to be in touch with the range of cultural issues that can affect their overseas operations. With The Transplanted Executive in hand, managers the world over will have a user-friendly guide to understanding and mastering the subject.

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Helps managers in any industry and of any nationality understand the diversity of worldviews and culture in workplaces and identify practices that seem obvious and natural but in fact are specific to a particular culture. Provides guidelines for effective communication, motivating workers, turning groups into teams, leadership skills, and quality management. Most of the examples come from Japan and Latin America. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195087956
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 973,441
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

P. Christopher Earley is Professor of Organization Behavior at the London Business School. Miriam Erez is Dean and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Managing the Global Enterprise 3
2 Understanding Who You Are 13
3 Putting the Pieces Together 31
4 Did You Understand What I Said? 43
5 Motivating Employees in Different Cultures 67
6 Making a Group into a Team 89
7 Leading in Different Cultures 113
8 Quality and the Committed Worker 133
9 The Complete Global Manager 163
Appendix 177
Notes 186
Suggested Readings 192
Index 194
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