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Message 1 of 6: Sheridan Webb on 13/01/2009
Hi,

I've been asked to help put together an introductory session on 'Global management' as part of a larger programme. All other topics (change, sales, coaching etc) have a neat 'model' as a basis. Does anyone know of anything similar (i.e. a model) that relates to managing globally? Any tip offs greatly appreciated!

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Message 2 of 6: Ainger Scanlon on 13/01/2009
Hi

What exactly do you mean by 'Global management'? Is this Global in terms of worldwide or in terms of holistic e.g. taking a systemic view to management. If you can clarify this then I may have a few ideas either way.

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Message 3 of 6: Sheridan Webb on 15/01/2009
To be honest, a bit of both - but probably more towards managing internationally, different cultures etc.

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Message 4 of 6: Ainger Scanlon on 15/01/2009
I have lectured and trained in this area and have some ideas for activities that may be of interest to you (I am a great believer in sharing ideas so I wouldn’t expect anything in return). The best thing would be to chat on the phone if you like (email me at ainger (at) intrinsicdevelopment.co.uk with details if you want to discuss ideas). If not here are a few thoughts:

Several sources that could be looked at:

• Geert Hofstede’s work on 5 cultural dimensions (Power distsnce, Indivualism/collectivism, Masculinity, Uncertainty Avoidance, Long term orientation) check out www. Geert-hfstede.com

• Trompenaar’s research into Universalism v/s Particularism, Individualism v/s Communitarianism , Neutral v/s Emotional , Specific v/s Diffuse, Achievement v/s Ascription (

• George Simon’s Eurodiversity – a game about doing business with other cultures

• Edgar Schein’s work on interpreting and understanding culture (e.g. organisational) in general and its effect on leadership and management styles

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Message 5 of 6: Ainger Scanlon on 15/01/2009
Essentially to my mind international management training programmes are about:

a) about understanding your own culture’s beliefs and expectations about business and interpersonal dealings
b) understanding how these effect your behaviour and communication
c) exploring alternative interpretations of these behaviours and communication by other cultures
d) learning to adapt and read situations and check understanding, be aware of potential pitfalls and benefits in terms of creativity etc
e) practising techniques to manage this awareness and identifying possible areas of misunderstanding and avoiding such misunderstandings

There is a school of training in ‘How the xxxxx nationality do business’ but to my mind you can never learn anything and it just leads to stereotyping, and in any case within national cultures there are industry and organisational cultures. To my mind it is better to learn techniques and strategies than to learn rules and guidelines but then I am a victim of my own culture!.

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Message 6 of 6: Jean Crawford on 01/09/2009
Sheridan, Ashridge did some research a couple of years ago which looked at 'virtual teams' and what's required of their leaders and team members.

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