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Differences within an International Organisation's Culture

Discuss the application of the concept of organizational culture. Address the following questions, along with presenting any other ideas about this concept that you find interesting:
- at least three specific ways that cultural differences would affect doing business internationally
- the specific skills would global managers need to address these differences?
- the relative ability of expatriate or foreign-national managers in terms of being better equipped to deal with these challenges
- the degree to which organizational cultures, including those of companies doing business abroad, can or cannot be seen as independent of the national culture within which they originate (is Coca Cola always American? is SAP always German?)
- What, if anything, does thinking about an "organization as a culture" add to thinking about an "organization as a machine", an "organization as an organism", and an "organization as a brain"?

Readings to help:
http://www.workinfo.com/free/Downloads/299.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/04/business/office-space-armchair-mba-making-the-executive-suite-a-mirror-of-global-markets.html

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Organizations as Cultures
The assignment reads as follows: When you've had a chance to read all this and think about it, and do any other research using the optional and supplemental readings or other sources of your own devising, please prepare an 8-10 page paper discussing the application of the concept of organizational culture. In your paper, please be sure to address the following questions, along with presenting any other ideas about this concept that you find interesting:

* At least three specific ways that cultural differences would affect doing business internationally
Organizational culture is said to be the "personality" or behavior, values, ideas, norms and formalities of entities. Cultural differences would affect doing business internationally, including, but not limited to: (1) language barriers, voice accents and interpersonal interpretation or body language; (2) laws, government, monetary systems and tariffs, customs, or traditions; and (3) environmental or social issues.

In "Managing Cultural Diversity in a Global World" [MGT MOD4 REF1.doc], Burman references cultural differences as Language, Human Resources, and Negotiating Alliances: "in a world in which cross-cultural joint ventures and alliances are essential, problems of ethics and trust will loom large..."

* What specific skills would global managers ...

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800+ words with references investigates the growing need to address diversity within an organisation's culture, looking into specific differences that affect international business, relative abilities of foreign managers and how independent international branches of a company are from the whole organisation in terms of culture. References included.

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