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Cultural Variations and Business Performance

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By understanding how decision-making is best made in an era of very high competition greatly pressured by the constant speed of disruptive technologies, transcultural organizations in particular can increase sustainable profitability, thus creating a "trickle-down" effect throughout the entity.Cultural Variations and Business Performance: Contemporary Globalism offers the latest research in the field of Business Performance Management in the global economic environment of present conditions. Defined as an approach which necessitates looking at business as a whole entity instead of only at the divisional level, Business Performance Management (BPM) entails reviewing overall business performance to determine how an organization can better reach its goals. Although there are numerous publications on this topic available on the market, relatively few go into depth as to how cultural variations affect business performance in contemporary globalism. The primary objective of this publication is that of reference material for business executives, scholar-practitioners, and university students who need to better understand the importance and influence of transcultural decision-making on business performance in contemporary globalism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. List of Reviewers
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Chapter 1: The Theory of Cultural Dimensions
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE MAIN STUDIES OF CULTURAL DIMENSIONS
    4. CULTURAL DIMENSIONS: USES
    5. CULTURAL DIMENSIONS: CRITIQUE
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION: THE USEFULNESS OF CULTURAL DIMENSIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RESEARCH
  9. Chapter 2: Follow the Experts Follow the Experts
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. A VIEW OF INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE FROM INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
    4. BICULTURAL CANADIANS AS INTERCULTURAL EXPERTS
    5. METHOD
    6. FINDINGS
    7. DISCUSSION
    8. APPENDIX A: SCENARIOS
  10. Chapter 3: Bicultural Managers and their Role in Multinational Corporations
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BEING A BICULTURAL MANAGER IN JAPAN
    4. EMPIRICAL STUDY
    5. ANALYSIS
    6. OUTLOOK AND FUTURE RESEARCH AVENUES
  11. Chapter 4: Organizational Culture and Organizational Effectiveness in a Global Context
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. FOCUS
    3. INTRODUCTION
    4. KEY CONCEPTS OVERVIEW
    5. COMPANY CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE
    6. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
    7. THEORY APPLICATIONS
    8. SUMMARY
  12. Chapter 5: Cross-Border Inter-Firm Networks in Contemporary Europe
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO INTER-FIRM NETWORKS AND FIRM PERFORMANCE IN INTER-FIRM NETWORKS
    4. EUROPEAN INTEGRATION AND CROSS-BORDER INTER-FIRM NETWORKING
    5. ANALYSIS OF CROSS-BORDER INTER-FIRM NETWORKS
    6. CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 6: Understanding the Realities of Contemporary Internationalization of the MNE
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. REGIONAL STRATEGY OF THE FIRM: THE MICRO COMPONENT
    4. THE REGIONALIZATION VS. GLOBALIZATION PERSPECTIVES
    5. CONTEXT IN DETERMINING APPROPRIATE STRATEGY
    6. THE REALITY OF CONTEMPORARY GLOBALIZATION
    7. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 7: Resource Based Internationalization from Small Developing Countries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION: CHALLENGES OF INTERNATIONALIZATION FROM SMALL STATES
    3. DISCUSSION: INTERNATIONALIZATION AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
    4. CONCLUSION
  15. Chapter 8: Internationalization of Business in Emerging Countries and National Culture
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CHAPTER STRUCTURE
    4. 1.1 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DIMENSIONS OF CULTURAL VALUES
    5. 1.2 ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
    6. 1.3 THE HISTORICAL AND ETHNIC FORMATION OF BRAZIL
    7. 1.4 TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF BRAZILIAN CULTURE
    8. 1.5 TRAITS, CHARACTERISTICS, AND DIMENSIONS OF BRAZILIAN CULTURAL VALUES AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
    9. 1.6 CONSIDERATIONS RELATED TO THE RESEARCHED INSTITUTION: THE BANK OF BRAZIL
    10. 2 CONCLUSION
  16. Chapter 9: Foreign Business Environments and Entry Mode Choice
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. 1. ENTRY MODE OPTIONS
    4. 2. CULTURAL DISTANCE AND MODE PREFERENCES
    5. 3. ROLE OF LOCAL PARTNERS AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
    6. 4. METHOD
    7. 5. RESULTS
    8. CONCLUSION
  17. Chapter 10: China's “Harmonious Society” Challenges Corporate Japan
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CHINA'S EMPHASIS ON CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
    4. RESEARCH ON JAPANESE-STYLE MANAGEMENT AND LOCALIZATION TACTICS
    5. AN ANALYSIS OF PROFITABILITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN CHINA
    6. CONCLUSION
  18. Chapter 11: Globalism, Culture, and Business Environment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
    4. THE MIDDLE EAST IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
    5. A CORPORATE CULTURAL ANALYSIS
    6. MANAGING BUSINESS OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: SOME GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS
    7. CONCLUSION
  19. Chapter 12: Globalism, Culture and Business Environment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CULTURE: CONCEPTUAL AND THEORETICAL APPROACHES
    4. RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION
    5. CASE STUDY: BRAZIL AND MEXICO, THE TWO LARGEST ECONOMIES IN LATIN AMERICA
  20. Chapter 13: Performance Management Systems in Mexico
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL PROCESS AND TOOLS
    4. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN MEXICO
    5. CONCLUSION: LESSONS FOR DEVELOPING BEST PRACTICES FOR PM SYSTEMS IN MEXICO
  21. Chapter 14: Business Performance Management from the Systemic Communicative and Linguistic Side
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BUSINESS PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT (BPM)
    4. SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO BUSINESS PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
    5. BPM FROM THE SYSTEMIC COMMUNICATIVE PERSPECTIVE
    6. THE CONCEPT OF ALLOSTASIS IN CORPORATE SETTINGS
    7. CORPORATE LINGUISTIC ALLOSTASIS
    8. CALIBRATION- INTRODUCTION
    9. CALIBRATION-LINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVE
    10. CALIBRATED CORPORATE LINGUISTIC IDENTITY
    11. SUMMARY
  22. Chapter 15: Strategic Entrepreneurship
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    4. STRATEGIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    5. CONCLUSION
  23. Chapter 16: A Social Capital Approach to Inter-Cultural Differences
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
    4. THE CASE STUDY METHODOLOGY
    5. EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF CASE STUDY
    6. STRUCTURAL, COGNITIVE AND RELATIONAL SOCIAL CAPITAL: AN IMPROVEMENT OF PROPOSED CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
    7. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
  24. Chapter 17: Cultural Models and Variations
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. CULTURE AND ITS NATURE
    3. CULTURAL THEORIES AND DIMENSIONS
    4. MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND CULTURE
    5. INTER-FIRM RELATIONSHIP AND CULTURE WITH INDUSTRY OBSERVATIONS
    6. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE AREAS FOR CULTURAL STUDIES
  25. Chapter 18: The Impact of Culture on Workplace Conflict in the Caribbean
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. WORKPLACE CONFLICT AS AN ASPECT OF BUSINESS PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
    4. CARIBBEAN CULTURE AS THE FOUNDATION FOR ITS CONFLICT STYLES
    5. MANAGING WORKPLACE CONFLICT IN A CARIBBEAN BUSINESS
    6. SUMMARY
  26. Chapter 19: Immigrant Effect in International Expansion
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. 1. INTRODUCTION
    3. 2. LITERATURE
    4. 3. METHOD
    5. 4. RESULTS
    6. CASE STUDY
    7. CASE STUDY
    8. 5. FINDINGS
  27. Chapter 20: Human Resource Management for the 21st Century Global Economy
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CAPABILITY 1: TALENT ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PROMOTION
  28. Compilation of References
  29. About the Contributors