KEY TERM and WHY I AM INTERESTED IN IT
In review of the text book reading, I’ve chosen the key term “global manager” due to an academic curiosity. Prior to reviewing it, I had only heard of the term in textbook context. After reviewing the term more deeply, I’ve come to realize that global managers are a vital asset to any organization. Their wealth of knowledge concerning multicultural dynamics can be invaluable for the success of relations amongst nations worldwide.
EXPLANATION OF THE KEY TERM
According to the textbook, global managers “tend to possess experiential knowledge specific to some cultures, speak one language but can adjust to different cultures other than their own” (Satterlee, pg.214, 2014). Ironically, there isn’t a clear definition of “global managers” but the type of character they should possess is widely discussed in the business arena. One article depicts the character of global managers by the “nature of the work they do, typically within an organization with global operations. This includes their capability to manage amid the complexity of business that is conducted across divergent cultures.” (Lexicon, n.d)
MAJOR ARTICLE SUMMARY
The chosen article is titled Minding the Cultural Gaps between Different Countries- A Real Challenge for the International Managers. It is this writer’s opinion that the selected article compliments the textbook reading by expounding on the complex nature of global managers and how even a manager’s “leadership style can vary amongst other countries” (Capatîna, & Schin, 2013). The article also highlights different variable and environments that global managers have to face, which align with what the textbooks says concerning the commitment, motivation and risk. The article also suggests that successful managers are more able to juggle the demands of culture changes and adapting to differences.
DISCUSSION This week’s reading discussed global market entry and managing global operations. With an ever-changing global market, organizations have to be able to have the right type of mangers in place to help navigate the global landscape.
Relation to Key Term. Each of the articles reflect broader dimensions of global managers and the skills and characteristics they must possess in order to be successful. Related Research. The additional articles connect to the infrastructure, technology, communication, and diversity issues that managers have to engage with regularly.