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Culture and Management in the Americas$
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Alfredo Behrens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760140

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760140.001.0001

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Countries of the Future, Forever?

Countries of the Future, Forever?

(p.1) Introduction Countries of the Future, Forever?
Culture and Management in the Americas
Stanford University Press

This book explores how culture shapes management and the economic development of Latin America. It argues that at least part of the observed lower productivity of Latin American countries such as Brazil and Argentina can be attributed to poor management due to lack of research to adapt managerial practice to local cultures. It discusses culture and its relevance to development and organizations, including business organizations. The book looks at developmental paths and business management options; examines issues such as stereotypes and religion, the political and economic significance of the Black Plague, or the attitudinal proclivities of Spain and Portugal at the time of the Reconquista; and assesses the adequacy of North American management techniques for dimensions in Latin America such as managerial control, teamwork appraisal and compensation, or communication patterns. It also considers cultures of the New World such as the United States, Argentina, and Brazil. Finally, the book delves into the main contributors to the field of cross-cultural management, including Geert Hofstede, Fons Trompenaars, Shalom Schwartz, and Mary Douglas.

Keywords:   Latin America, business management, economic development, culture, stereotypes, managerial control, United States, Argentina, Brazil, Geert Hofstede

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