International Perspectives on Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

ISBN-10: 0765631083
ISBN-13: 9780765631084
Edition: 3rd 2013 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

This new book focuses on the cross-national environment that international firms face. It shows how this environment affects individual behavior, organizational behavior, and human resource management. Clearly written and concise, the book sensitizes readers to the many differences that managers face when they operate cross-nationally, and gives them tools to understand and deal with these differences. Most books cover the cultural dimensions of international business quite well. This book goes a step further, with in-depth treatment of important variables in economic, political, historical, and religious differences. The result is an exceptionally balanced and realistic view of the key factors in today's global business environment. It can be assigned to supplement a basic text in OB or HRM, or it can be adopted as a brief core text in an International Management or OB course. It is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preface
The Management World in the Twenty-First Century
Overview of the Book
The Meaning of Globalization for Managers
Understanding Attitudes to Globalization
The Future of Globalization
Cross-National Convergence and Divergence
The World Beyond 2010
References
The Cultural Environment
Introduction
Defining Culture
Cultural Values
Values
Needs
Attitudes
Norms
Cultural Value Models
Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck's Value Orientation Model
The Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck Model in International Management
Hofstede's Value Survey Model
Limitations of the Value Survey Model
Using the Value Survey Model in International Management
Country Clusters
Smith and Peterson (1988) Event Management Approach
Alternative Cultural Models
Ethnocentrism and Parochialism
Variation Within Cultures
Beyond National Culture
Understanding Subcultures
Understanding Overlapping Cultures
The Importance of Cultural Values for International Managers
Summary and Conclusions
References
The Political and Regulatory Environment
Introduction
Political Systems
Government, Business, and Society
Government View of Business
View of Foreign Business
View of the Home Country
Types of Political Risk
Forced Divestment
Unwelcome Regulations
Interference in Operations
Assessment and Management of Political Risk
Sources of Information
Factors Affecting Political Risk
Defensive Political Risk Management
Integrative Political Risk Management
Managerial Choices
Summary and Conclusions
References
The Role of History and Geography in International Management
Introduction
History and Culture
Geography and Culture
History and Behavior
Geography and Behavior
Understanding History and Geography
History, Values, and Behavior
Geography, Values, and Behavior
Influences on Language, Religion, and Economics
Ways of Seeing the World
Managing Internationally: The Role of History and Geography
International Trade and Investment
Regional Economic Linkages
International Strategy
Current Events
Summary and Conclusions
Notes
References
Language and Religion in International Management
Introduction
Language
Linguistic Diversity
The Impact of Homogeneity
The Impact of Heterogeneity
National Languages
Linguistic Hierarchies
Linguistic Change
Managing Language Differences
Learning New Languages
Translation and Interpretation
Religion
The Expression of Religion
Major Religions of the World
Buddhism
Christianity
Hinduism
Islam
Other Religious Beliefs
Summary and Conclusions
Note
References
Economic Development and the Management of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
Introduction
Understanding Development Issues
Definitions of Development
Developed Countries
Developing Countries
Characteristics of Developing Countries
The Impact of Level of Development
Demography and Development
Culture and Development
Politics and Development
Summary and Conclusions
References
Motivation in a Cross-National Context
Introduction
North American Theories of Motivation
The Role of Needs in Motivation
The Role of Equity in Motivation
The Role of Rewards in Motivation
The Role of Goals and Expectations in Motivation
The Role of Delegation and Participation in Motivation
Is Motivation Universal or Culture Bound?
Summary and Conclusions
Note
References
Leadership in a Cross-National Context
Introduction
Theories of Leadership
Supports/Substitutes for Leadership
Charismatic and Transformational Leadership and the GLOBE Project
Path/Goal Clarification
Variation in Leadership Concepts
Some Cultural Interactions
Summary and Conclusions
References
Cross-National Dimensions of Communication and Negotiation
Introduction
The Communication Flow
Communication Is a Process
Communication Includes Purposive and Expressive Messages
Communication Is Made Up of Multi-Unit Signals
Communication Depends on the Context for Its Meaning
Communication Depends on the Competence of the Communicators
Barriers to Cross-National Communication Competence
Ignorance of Rules of Communication
Perceptual Biases
Faulty Attributions
Stereotypes
Negotiations in International Contexts
The Negotiation Process
Negotiating Norms in Selected Countries
Summary and Conclusions
References
Human Resource Choices in a Cross-National Context
Introduction
Groups of Employees in International Firms
Employee Groups: Benefits and Drawbacks
Parent Country Nationals (PCNs)
Host Country Nationals (HCNs)
Third Country Nationals (TCNs)
Staffing and the International Product Life Cycle
Foreign Guest Workers
Organizational Structure and International HRM Choices
Selection and Training of International Managers
The Training Process
Compensation and Benefits
Promotion, Career Development, Retirement
Summary and Conclusions
References
Managing the Expatriate Experience
Introduction
Special Issues Associated with Expatriates
Expatriate Adjustment
The Cycle of Culture Shock and Cross-Cultural Adjustment
Determinants of Expatriate Adjustment
Cross-Cultural Training
Approaches to Cross-Cultural Training
Appropriate Training
Dual-Career Couples
Summary and Conclusions
References
Special Issues in International Human Resource Management
Introduction
The Role of Women in Business Around the World
Some Examples of Women's Role in Business
The Meaning of Equality
Women as Managers in Different Countries
The Role of Women as Managers in Selected Locations
Women as International Managers
Other Personal Characteristics
Ethics in International Management Decisions
Universal Versus Culturally Contingent
Climate Change: The New Ethical Issue
Summary and Conclusions
References
Index
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