Case Study Kelly's Assignment in Japan Essay

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Intercultural Management

Case study: Kelly’s Assignment in Japan

Read the case: Kelly’s Assignment in Japan (Chapter 9 pages: 363-365) posted on Connect learning platform –study reflectively and identify the characters and the principal issues in this case.

Answer the following questions:

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Drawing from you understanding on the assigned readings (Deresky), explain the clashes in cultural, customs, and experiences that occurred in this situation.

In this case “Kelly’s Assignment in Japan”, we have an example of expatriation poorly managed and unprepared. Different cultures, customs seem very important between Japanese and Westerners. Added to this barrier, we also not that there
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In addition, he was not too concerned with the problem of employment of the husband of Kelly, even though she had told him.

Kelly’s boss should have, in addition to compensation, provided training to Kelly and her family, which would have enabled them to understand the Japanese culture and customs.

In addition, he would provide training of Japanese language to Kelly and her family.

He could also help the husband of Kelly in his job search in Japan.

And finally, he should have put in place a monitoring system after the installation of the family in Japan, to ensure that everything goes well.

All this process takes time and investment from the boss. A too rapid departure is finally ended in failure.

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You are Kelly. What should you do now?

If I were Kelly, I call my boss and explain the situation in Japan, and it is probable that my mission turns to failure if we do not do something.
I would say that there are large differences in culture and custom that I have not successfully attempted to grasp.
I would propose to find a replacement temporary, to have a extensive training of the culture and language.
I admit that there is still a risk of failure after the upgrade, because I am a woman and it is not well received in Japan have a superior female.

Deresky, Helen

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