Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Managing in Developing Countries for Twenty-First Century Organizations: The Case of Africa

This paper deals with the importance of managing cultural differences in developing countries for twenty-first century organizations. With increasing business globalization and different cultures we have in this world, maintaining and managing cultural differences becomes a challange for managers and supervisors in the twenty-first century. It looks at how one's own culture plays an important role in the way one manages, one must strive to learn, not only about the different culture which exists in the country where one wants to do business, but also, how to see one's own culture in an objective manner. This paper concludes by stating that organizational leadership in a developing country requires a strong commitment to a high standard of conduct and being able to design and implement a bottom-up management system. Thus it would provide a two-way exchange of ideas, values innovation and creativity that nutures flexibility and offers members the freedom to experiment.