International leadership in cross -cultural environments: The relationship between national culture and corporate culture as it pertains to work ethic and corporations

by Johnston, Howard J., Iii, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 131 pages; 3291970


Increasing globalization, leads to much fluidity in the resource demands of multinational corporations' subsidiaries, which have brought resources from different parts of the world to provide the highest skilled labor at lower cost to the operations. This is not a new phenomenon as much research focuses on the collapse of boundaries with regard to technology, products, distribution, and production (i.e., the virtual organization). Researchers have examined issues of the expatriate in the host country, or theorized about differences in national culture. The focus has been on the entry of U.S.-based companies into the world marketplace and the comparison across cultures for the education and edification of expatriates.

The contention is that globalization has spawned a new phenomenon of the multinational organization hiring large numbers of non-home country nationals to work at the headquarters or the home country. Most of these employees are highly skilled, holding professional, low and mid level jobs. This research study straddles multiple worlds and embodies shifting, varied facets of identity in themselves. Even while they may have physically crossed borders and distances, they represent in themselves the histories, contexts and traditions of the many places and spaces that they come from. Managers and human resource personnel need to understand the multifaceted nature of their employees' personalities and an understanding of what drives their potential. One of the goals of management is to maximize the potential and use of each employee. In order to better utilize the skills, knowledge and the dedication of employees, it has to be realized that the new labor force is balancing multiple identities. While doing so, they are interacting and communicating with others in the work environment. Hence, an understanding of the histories and traditions of these persons becomes an imperative in the workplace of today's global organization.

AdviserJudith L. Forbes
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3291970

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