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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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United States of America

United States of America

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Culture and Management in the Americas
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This chapter provides an overview of the history of the United States, starting with the breakup from England and proceeding with the arrival of the Pilgrims and the first successful colony at Plymouth, in today's Massachusetts. It then traces the significance of the transcendentalist movement and the birth of the American nation after the Civil War, its westward expansionism, and its efforts toward unification. It examines how these efforts help shape the American character and the persistence of regional differences between the nation's North and South, focusing on the Little Rock crisis involving the desegregation of schools. The chapter also looks at the roots of those regional differences by discussing their styles of land distribution and organization of production. By means of these different cultural manifestations, the chapter approximates cultural attitudes of the Southern United States to those of Latin America. It argues that Latin Americans are relatively unfamiliar to management as practiced in the United States today.

Keywords:   United States, history, Latin America, management, Civil War, desegregation, Pilgrims, England, expansionism, land distribution

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