The Transplanted Executive: Why You Need to Understand How Workers in Other Countries See the World…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byP. Christopher Earley, Miriam Erez

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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 foreigncountries 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 thediversity 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 decreaseproductivity 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, leadershipskills, 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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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...

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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 foreigncountries have discovered, organizational cult...

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This compact volume includes highly useful information and perspectives for any manager anticipating or involved in international assignments outside of their own country. 'The discussions and guidelines are based on solid research findings, not mere speculation. The authors' framework for analyzing cultures provides particularly helpf...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.49 × 6.3 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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. Further, they describe why the same management practices used in the same country can generate success for some, but failure for others. 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.

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"Cultures differ in self- and group-focus, as well as in their emphasis or deemphasis of status differences. The authors show clearly that as a result of such differences what works in one culture does not work as well in other cultures. They make sound suggestions to managers working indifferent cultural environments about the optimal ways to communicate, motivate, and lead as well as form effective teams and organizations."--Harry C. Triandis, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois