Cross-Cultural Management Relativism Analytical Essay by Nicky

Cross-Cultural Management Relativism
An analytical essay that looks at cultural relativism in the management position.
# 149574 | 1,274 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2011 in Business (International) , Business (Management)

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This essay looks at global business and the growth that multinational organizations have created in the modern era. Much of this growth, the essay argues, has been done through obstacles and opportunities that are related to difference and commonalities. The essay provides a look at the ways a different culture communicates and organizes business and how that can be very different from one culture to the next.

Background of Relativism Dimension

From the Paper:

"Cultural relativism is born of the idea that colonialism frequently judged, juried and convicted cultures based on differences and then made changes to meet their own cultural ideas and demands. In today's standards of globalism this is not only not possible it is considered destructive and therefore managers and others from other cultures must see cultural difference not as a point of negative or positive judgment but as a relative reality in the foreign culture. To make changes these expatriates must either negotiate to make changes or leave well enough alone and alter his or her own standards, needs and culturally based presuppositions to meet those of the other group. (Hofstede, 2005, 5)
"Challenges arise when the expatriate manager has a difficult time balancing what he or she believes is right or wrong in his own culturally biased ideologies of organization with the differences he or she sees in the other business culture. The individual must to some degree learn to accept what he or she cannot or should not change and accept those differences which do not impact the managerial and organizational process in a negative way. The most important goal for the manager is to recognize the difference and alter his or her plan and even his or her thinking to accept these differences."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adler, Nacy J., Allison Gundersen, 2008. International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior 5th edition. Mason, OH: Thomson Higher Education.
  • Hofstede, Geert, 2005. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind 2nd edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

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