Wk 3 - Wk 3, Sept 23-29: Being Global and Issues of...

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Wk 3, Sept 23-29: Being Global and Issues of Diversity Globalization is shrinking the world in terms of “reach,” space and time. We have moved largely to a24x7 world. Businesses of all sizes can compete globally, using technology to reach previously unreachable customers. Mom and pop shops in the U.S. can sell their wares in France if the choose. Globalization, defined as, “The shift toward a more integrated and interdependent world economy” (Hill, 2002, p. 6) is being driven by: Trade and investment barriers are disappearing. Perceived distances are shrinking due to advances in transportation and telecommunications. Material culture is beginning to look similar. National economies merging into an interdependent global economic system. Technology can often reduce barriers to entry. One of the best examples of all this is the growth in “e-Commerce.” Consumers all over the world can now “shop” 24x7 and find products and services all across the globe without leaving home. But as the world of trade becomes more and more interconnected other challenges appear which has to do with an expanded need to understand and then work with differing cultural expectations. Below is an essay written by an American in Amsterdam. In it you will see some very large differences around how these two societies are organized (USA and Dutch). Those differences are also in the expectations people have as they communicate. For instance, because the Dutch have many experiences collaborating, they find team projects easier to manage. Because Americans are highly competitive, they push innovation. However, experience and the different cultures which shape those experiences, are more and more a factor as we face our global market reality. So take a look at the essay and begin to imagine some of the challenges an American project manager might have in the Netherlands, especially if s/he was working in health care, HR, or real estate. Going Dutch By RUSSELL SHORTO For 18 months now I’ve been playing the part of the American in Holland, alternately settling into or bristling against the European way of life. Many of the features of that life are enriching. History echoes from every edifice as you move through your day. The bicycle is not a means of recreation but a genuine form of transportation. A nearby movie house sells not popcorn but demitasses of espresso and glasses of Dutch gin from behind a wood-paneled bar, which somehow makes you feel sane and adult and enfolded in civilization. Then there are the features of European life that grate on an American sensibility, like the three-inch leeway that drivers deign to grant you on the highway, or the cling film you get from the supermarket, which clings only to itself. But such annoyances pale in comparison to one other. For the first few months I was haunted by a number: 52. It reverberated in my head; I felt myself a prisoner trying to escape its bars. For it represents the rate at which the income I earn, as a writer and as the director of an institute, is to be
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course MGMT 615 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at UMBC.

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Wk 3 - Wk 3, Sept 23-29: Being Global and Issues of...

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