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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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The Way Forward

The Way Forward

(p.296) Chapter 17 The Way Forward
Culture and Management in the Americas
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This book has stressed the need to rethink management practices in Latin America and tailor them to the cultures of its people rather than the other way around. The curse to effective management is that differences in culture are often considered unimportant. The cultural disparities between Latin America, Europe, and the United States are large enough to breed trouble. Middle management in southern Europe and northern Europe display different leadership styles. This book has also discussed the differences in individualism, in the disposition toward uncertainty, and in the enactment of masculinity as reflected in the greater dispersion of objectives that characterizes Latin Americans. Large indigenous theocracies and positivism combined with a centralist and hierarchical Catholic Church that backed large, power-concentrating landholdings created a powerful synergy that helped shape the development of Latin America that is radically different than that of North America.

Keywords:   development, culture, Latin America, North America, management, leadership, individualism, uncertainty, theocracies, positivism

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