Management Globalization : Australian Vs. German Management Styles

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Management in Globalization: Australian vs. German Management Styles
In India, there is an old story that tells the tale of six blind men and the elephant. The first blind man grabs the trunk and says the elephant looks like a snake, the second blind man grabs the elephant 's leg and disagrees, saying it actually looks like a tree. Neither of the men are technically wrong subjectively, but neither are absolutely right either. In management, what is most important aspect of business? Is it ensuring the highest product quality? Is it making sure everyone get 's a chance to voice their opinions? Or more simply, is it the bottom line? Depending upon where you work, or where you are from, these may or may not be the most important values. Business, much like the elephant in the story of the blind men, is different to every culture that tries to manage it. This is important to understand when entering and managing business in foreign markets. The concept of subjective truth becomes especially obvious when comparing Australian and German management principles. For Germany, hierarchy, respect and quality of product reign supreme in the workplace but in the case of Australia, it is more important to be “one of the mates.” (Lewis)
In Germany, management is expected to be technically proficient in their areas and to assign the most qualified persons in a field to their jobs. It is a top-down hierarchical structure, with managers expected to explicitly communicate subordinates roles in…

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