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Unformatted text preview: Miami FSB MGT304 -- Midterm Essays – Spring, 2011 [Note: quotations below taken from DiversityInc. and the New York Times]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I. Conceptual Focus: Understanding Cultures and Cultural Variation--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Using data on cultural dimensions (cf. central tendencies) for Brazil, Spain, and the U.S., explain a legitimate cross-cultural challenge that Steers, Sanchez-Runde, and Nardon may have had to avoid when writing our book, Management Across Cultures .--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. “Inclusion Makes Us Stronger. Variety is what gets us excited. That’s why we want everything about us – from our products to our people – to reflect the diversity in our customers and around the world.” -- The Limited * *[including Bath & Body Works; Victoria’s Secret; White Barn Candles; C.O. Bigelow; Henri Bendel; La Senza] Using reasoning from SSRN (chapters 1-3), present a valid counter statement, suggesting what may theoretically go wrong with good ideas such as this one, if not managed/implemented well.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. Explain a prominent "take-away" from Tom Murphy's talk, using one or more of the "new challenges" confronting managers in their attempts to “adapt to realities [inherent in the] evolution toward more multicultural or global environments."--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. Of SSRN's "ten specific people-related challenges" facing global managers, which one relates most closely to Fixico's argument? Explain.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. Explain how the definition of "effective management" changes as you move from traditional organizations designed in the 20th Century to global organizations designed for the 21st Century.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. Of the six SSRN "multicultural challenges," which one is most likely to impede managers intending to work in Brazilian organizations; and in black South African organizations? Explain.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7. Apply the levels of mental programming (SSRN Exhibit 3.2) to cultural distinctions outlined by Hofstede for Sweden and Bahrain (Exhibit 3.1). [Note: don't overlook the error in Exhibit 3.1]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8. In your plans to advise an organization that is becoming global, which framework (Hofstede; 8....
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