Fish Can't See Water: How National Culture Can Make or Break by Kai Hammerich

By Kai Hammerich

How nationwide tradition affects organizational culture—and enterprise success

Using wide case reports of profitable international organizations, this publication explores the impression of nationwide tradition at the company method and its execution, and during this eventually company success—or failure. It doesn't argue that various cultures result in varied enterprise effects, yet that every one cultures effect businesses in methods either optimistic and detrimental, looking on the company cycle, the actual company, and the actual recommendations being pursued. looking on all of those elements, cultural dynamics can both permit or derail functionality. yet spotting these cultural elements is tough for enterprise leaders; like each person else, they can also be unaware of the tradition of which they're a part.

The publication deals managers and leaders 8 concepts for spotting these cultural elements that negatively impression functionality, in addition to those who may be harnessed to inspire greater functionality. With genuine case experiences from businesses in Asia, Europe, and the USA, this e-book deals a really worldwide method of organizational culture.

  • Offers a clean method of the results of nationwide tradition on organizational tradition that's acceptable to any nation in any region
  • Based on case reviews of such businesses as Toyota, Samsung, basic vehicles, Nokia, Walmart, Kone and British Leyland
  • It describes the origins and nature of the commonest company main issue and the way tradition affects the reaction to any such crisis
  • Ideal for managers, company leaders, and board contributors, in addition to enterprise tuition students

A welcome reaction to the flat-Earth fad that argues we are all alike, this e-book bargains a nuanced and useful view of cultural differentiators and the way they could permit or derail enterprise performance.

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Their culture is opaque, seems irrational. So does ours to them. But we are normal, surely? Looking at their behaviour, we perceive abnormalities. But the reverse seems true, too. Surely we can see ourselves? Clearly. Or can we? Can fish see water? Can we see our own cultural environment? Where national traits are concerned, we are all experts and victims. Culture hides much more than it reveals and, strangely enough, what it hides, it hides most effectively from its own participants. The two authors of this book come from very different backgrounds, consequently see things in a diverse manner.

In contrast, humans are wired for culture and capable of expressing great individuality within a society, while at the same time contributing to the greater good of the group. Humans will specialize within the group, depending on their particular skills and personality and contribute using their specific talent, whether as a craftsman, carer or as an artist. We are usually seen as different from other animals because of our inherent traits of consciousness, language and intelligence. However, in his book Wired for Culture6 Mark Pagel argues that we've had it the wrong way round.

Samsung Electronics has in a few years become the world's most valuable and largest consumer electronics company. It has done this through an unrelenting focus on execution and being the “fastest follower”. The Korean national traits of discipline, observance of protocol, competitive spirit, long-term orientation and suspicion of foreigners3 have created a formidable and focused company. It is also somewhat insular, with virtually all senior executives and board members being Korean albeit many with extensive international experience.

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