This Handbook presents a comprehensive and contemporary compendium of the field of cross-cultural management (CCM). In recognition of current trends regarding migration, political ethnocentrisms and increasing nationalism, the chapters in this volume not only cover the traditional domains of CCM such as expatriation, global (virtual) teamwork and leadership, but also examine emerging topics such as bi/multi-culturalism, migration, religion and more, all considered from a global perspective. The result is a Handbook that acknowledges and builds on a variety of research traditions (from mainstream to critical), updates existing knowledge in relation to current challenges, and sets the direction for future research and developments, making this an invaluable resource for researchers in the field, and across related areas of international business, management, and intercultural relations. Part 1: Multiple Research Paradigms for the Study of Culture; Part 2: Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Management; Part 3: Cross-Cultural Management and Intersecting Fields of Study; Part 4: Individuals and Teams in Cross-Cultural Management; Part 5: Global mobility and Cross-Cultural Management; Part 6: Developing Intercultural Competence.

Reflexive Chapter: Some Thoughts on Cross-Cultural Management Research

Reflexive Chapter: Some Thoughts on Cross-Cultural Management Research

Reflexive chapter: some thoughts on cross-cultural management research
David C. Thomas


In discussions of contemporary cross-cultural management research, it seems perfectly normal to talk about the interactions among culturally different individuals and within culturally diverse teams in the context of today's global organizations. As a graduate student in the 1980s this was hardly the case for me. The influence of culture on management practice had been suggested by cultural anthropologists at least as far back as the late 1950s (Hall & Whyte, 1960) and the cultural influence on communication had been studied for far longer (Benedict, 1939). However, as a graduate student I found very little that one could identify as defining ...

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