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Collaborative Leadership, 2nd Edition by Alex Cameron, David Archer

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5Analysing Different Organizational Cultures

They just don’t understand us

When the Brazilian iron ore company Vale won the take-over battle to buy the International Nickel Company (INCO) in Canada for $19bn in 2006, it created what was then the world’s second largest mining company. It seemed a great coup for the formerly state-owned Vale and evidence of the power of emerging BRIC economies. But the acquisition was only the start of many years of strikes and bitter wrangling that are a case study of the difficulties of leading and driving change across different organizational and national cultures.

Cries of ‘They just don’t understand us’ are the commonest complaint in any business relationship. And often this is true, at the start of a relationship ...

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