business_styles - 44 Key vocabulary The characteristics of...

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Unformatted text preview: 44 Key vocabulary The characteristics of management often vary according to national culture, which Lead-in 1 Managers from this country 0 consider professional and technical skills to be very important. 0 have a strong sense of authority. 0 respect the different positions in the hierarchy of their companies. 0 clearly define how jobs should be done. _ 0 are very loyal to their companies and expect 2 - their subordinates to obey them. 0 are often older than in other countries. can determine how managers are trained, how they lead people and how they approach their jobs. The amount of responsibility of any individual in a company depends on the position that he or she occupies in its hierarchy. Managers, for example, are responsible for leading the people directly under them, who are called subordinates. To do this successfully, they must use their authority, which is the right to take decisions and give orders. Managers often delegate authority. This means that employees at lower levels in the company hierarchy can use their initiative, that is make decisions without asking their manager. 1 Read the portraits of managers in five different countries and decide which country each one corresponds to. 0 Germany - Poland 0 Sweden - The United Kingdom 0 The United States 2 Managers from this country receive a general education. delegate authority. take a practical approach to management. have relatively formal relationships at work. encourage their employees to work individually. believe it is important to continue education and training at work. International Business Styles 4 3 Managers from this country managers from th'5 country 0 generally attend business schools. 0 consider social qualities to be as important - communicate easily and informally at work. as education. 0 admire the qualities of a leader. 0 encourage their employees to take an I 0 expect everyone to work hard. Individual interest in their work. performance is measured and initiative is 0 pay close attention to the quality of 7 rewarded. working life. 0 have competitive and aggressive attitudes to 0 do not use as much authority as in other .‘ work. countries. 0 often accept innovation and change. 0 appreciate low—level decision—making. 0 are often women. 5 Managers from this country 0 have either gained their experience in state—owned enterprises or are competitive self—starters. 0 older managers hold technical degrees rather than business qualifications. 0 work very long hours and expect their subordinates to do so. - are extremely innovative, optimistic and determined. 0 are quick to invest in the development of new products, market techniques and methods of production and distribution. 2 In groups, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to management, and say which one you would find the most attractive. Do any of these profiles correspond to management practices in your country? ...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2010 for the course RBS BCN taught by Professor Dekoe during the Spring '10 term at Rotterdam Business School.

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