Primary · 28. November 2020
Depuis toujours de nombreuses personnalités africaines déclarent ou écrivent « Nous les Africains ». Dans les rayons des libraires, on y trouve des livres sur les organisations africaines, sur la philosophie africaine, sur le style managérial en Afrique ou encore sur les valeurs africaines. Subséquemment, il est permis de penser que ce qui est valable dans la société décrite par un auteur l’est automatiquement dans d’autres sociétés du continent. Pendant de nombreuses années,...
27. November 2020
Many African leaders have used the term ‘We Africans’ in their speeches and statements. Subsequently, many researches and works based on findings in one African society have been deemed to be relevant elsewhere in Africa. For example there are books on African organizations, on the African management style, on African values…Those pieces of work are never based on empirical studies covering the entire continent. For many years, I relied on the opinions and statements of prominent experts...
25. November 2015
We live in an interconnected world where multicultural teams have increasingly become the norm. That means that today , even an home based organization recruits expatriates or sends some of his national staff on short or on long term mission abroad. Negotiating a contract, taking part to a trade show or managing a project in a foreign country… these are some examples of how business is conducted today; For very long, that sort of interactions was referred to as ‘international’ and...
16. September 2015
I am often asked to provide the reference of one good book that summarizes what people should know about intercultural competences. The response is difficult to give as understanding the challenges that must be addressed in international environments are complex and suppose a familiarity with a large number of fields.
09. October 2014
Bill has been transferred from his Houston’s HQ to the Indian subsidiary of his organization. From the start, he showed some confidence about his ability to lead his Indian team: prior to his transfer, he met some of them at some important meetings at the HQ. Bill was impressed by the depth of their technical expertise. Three months after his arrival in India, Bill can hardly reconnect the Indians he met in the USA with them at work in their own environment: Bill gets confused: they do not...