East vs. West Management Styles: Why Knowing Will Help You Succeed.
14 / Sept / 2012
by Robin Villariza
Is there a difference in orientations of eastern and western managers? Results show Asian managers are more collectivist and western managers are more individualistic. Asian managers are also more likely to use external factors to explain performance and behavior where western managers are more likely to focus on performance internally. These results suggest the need to improve cross-cultural sensitivity of both leaders and their subordinates to ensure more effective communication and relationships.
Both styles of management can work harmoniously in a work organization. In a world that can only survive through cooperation, contact, and interdependence across cultures, interaction between the cultures are inevitable. The success and survival of global organizations, therefore, depends to a large extent on the ability of people who think differently and strive to act together.
Where we live in a world that is growing ever more intertwined through business, understanding the management styles of the companies you do business can establish a successful relationship with strong and effective communication.
This is especially vital when it comes to outsourcing, knowing how a culture responds to management style will largely determine where you will choose to outsource to.