Week 6 International Management


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Week 6 International Management

  1. 1. www.monash.edu.au MGF3681: International Management Week 6: Cross-Cultural Conflict and Negotiation
  2. 2. www.monash.edu.au 2 Week 5 Lecture • Define each of the five (5) conflict management styles. • Identify and briefly describe the six (6) steps in the international negotiation process. • Explain four (4) ways in which cultural differences can affect the key negotiating processes. • Define five (5) of the seven personal characteristics needed to be a successful international negotiator.
  3. 3. www.monash.edu.au 3 Conflict Management Styles • Competition – A style with which one prefers to deal head on with the conflict • Avoidance – Entails avoiding as long as possible for any disagreements • Accommodation – Involves high concern with the interests of others, sometimes at the expense of one’s own interests • Compromise – Involves characteristically suggesting middle positions that involve both partners giving up something to reach an agreement • Collaboration – Involves inventing new and creative options for dealing with conflict in which both parties win
  4. 4. www.monash.edu.au 4 Conflict Management Styles You, and another junior associate, have been working on a vital client project for the last month. It is due the 2nd of April. It’s Thursday before Good Friday, the project is not complete. Your manager has just informed you that a junior associate will be need to work over the Easter break. Both yourself, and the other junior associate, have plans to visit family over this period. Because of the complexity of the project, it is not possible to split the work. One person is required to complete the task. Who will cancel their plans and work on the project?
  5. 5. www.monash.edu.au 5 The Impatient America Sales Manager It appears that the sales manager did not follow the commercial attaché’s instructions. What do you believe were the attaché’s instructions? The sales manager was sent to a foreign country to negotiate a business contract. Discuss what should have been done before he or she was sent to the foreign country. Structure: What are the problems, what theory does it link to, what are the recommendations (hint this will help you in the exam)
  6. 6. www.monash.edu.au 6 Week 6 Lecture • Contrast foreign, minireplica and transnational subsidiaries. • Define Global Product and Global Area structures and give an example of when an organisation would use each one. • What is an export department? What is an international division? What are the advantages in having an international division? • Describe, using examples, of how a matrix structure works in an international organisation. • Evaluate the arguments in the centralisation / decentralisation debate.
  7. 7. www.monash.edu.au 7 Next Week • Print out Australia Case Study