In today's global business environment, as firms operate cross nationally, it is imperative and important for the business manager to realize the different environments existing in various regions and countries - differences in culture, behavior, history and geography, in economics and demographics and language and religion. This well-written, engagingly elegant text focuses on managing businesses that operate across national boundaries. Throughout, the running theme is organizational behavior (OB) and human resource management (HRM).
What the text tries to do is to tell the students of business management and the practicing managers in international organizations how to deal with the environments in different countries effectively. Professor Punnett suggests to the managers the ways to understand, adjust to, and manage cross-national variations. For, different environments prevalent in various countries have their profound impact on specific aspects of management - such as motivation, leader-ship, communications and negotiations.
In this whole process of delineating the different environments for the manager, the text explores the link between culture, politics and other environmental factors and organizational behavior. Besides, it deals with human resource issues, including gender, race, and religions internationally. Finally, the ethical issues involved are carefully analyzed.
This book will serve as an ideal supplementary text in OB and HR for MBA, and as a text in international business management courses. The book is replete with current examples and cases, enhancing its worth as an ideal text for students of management.