Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School, and writes regularly on the future world of work at her blogsite. She does a lot of work internationally, and is currently completing a global research project on key issues related to the future of work.
Her latest blog deals with perceived differences between how “west” and “east” businesses are run and managed. She makes some excellent points, indicating that on one hand multinational companies are becoming more and more alike, but that there are still such distinctive local business practices that it is almost impossible to generalise in any meaningful ways about global business practices. Read her blog entry at her site, or an extract below.
Asia and the West Differences?
The four reasons why it’s a tough question
As I move back and forth from Europe and the USA, to Singapore and India – one of the questions I encounter is ‘what are the differences between Asia and the West?’ The subset of this broad question is– are employees different (more cooperative, more skillful, more educated, more determined?) – are leaders different (more authoritarian, more inward looking, more specialized?) – are companies different (more hierarchical, more global, more innovative?) This question becomes ever more crucial as we look forward to the next couple of decades.
This question of Asia and the West arose again as we launched the Pan-Asian Hub of the Future of Work Consortium in Singapore this week. With over 50 people at the launch and another 60 expected at the London launch in November, this is a great crowd to play this question through.