TITLE

West Meets East: Toward an Ambicultural Approach to Management

AUTHOR(S)
Ming-Jer Chen; Miller, Danny
PUB. DATE
November 2010
SOURCE
Academy of Management Perspectives;Nov2010, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In the aftermath of the recent economic crisis, the world is looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives. Business reality has transformed from "West leads East" to "West meets East." A thriving Chinese business culture represents not only a source of economic partnership but a potential fount of managerial wisdom that can help renew Western economies. Unfortunately, the cultural distance between East and West makes Chinese examples too different, and at times inappropriate, for Western firms to emulate. Outstanding entrepreneurs such as Stan Shih, who have taken the best managerial practices from the East and the West while avoiding the shortcomings, represent ideal "intermediate" role models. By employing such an "ambicultural" approach to management, Shih provides a model for both bridging cultures and instructing organizations in the East and West. In this essay, we discuss these linkages and some of the useful lessons for managers from both cultures. Indeed, "Chinese" as a way of thinking, with its emphasis on balance and self-other integration, offers the promise to bridge global divides and facilitate the formation of global-minded executives.
ACCESSION #
55206381

 

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