Essays on How Might Different Cultural Perspectives on Time Influence International Organisational Practices Assignment

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The paper 'How Might Different Cultural Perspectives on Time Influence International Organisational Practices' is a great example of a Management Assignment. Cultural perspectives on time have been investigated both in organizational behavior and social psychology. As Brislin and Kim (2003, p. 364) note, however, few organizational behavior theorists have investigated the cross-cultural temporal differences in time. The absence of research does not, however, mean that the different perspectives of time in different cultures are less important. If anything, some theorist (Cushner & Brislin 1996, p. 11; Triandis 2006, p.

21) has already established that the temporal cultural perspectives have lasting effects on cross-cultural communication and in the era of globalization, on international business. This essay will draw from existing literature to discuss how perspectives of time in different cultures affect communication and practices with an international organization. The essay acknowledges that within an international organization, employees are recruited from different geographical regions, societies, religions, and, therefore, culture. As a result, such employees have different perspectives on time and work. To be culturally sensitive, therefore, the management of the international organization must recognize the different perspectives represented in the workforce but should set policies to guide internal communication and practices to create an understanding in the workplace and, therefore, avoid confusion. Time assumes different meanings that are shared by people from the same socio-cultural groups (Ancona, Okhuysen & Perlow 2001, p.

513). People from other cultures may not necessarily understand the dimensions of time from another culture, but as cultural relativism suggests, they need to understand and (perhaps) respect other cultures' sense of time. The most pronounced cultural perspective of time relates to clock versus event time (Brislin & Kim 2003, p.

365). Some cultures organize their practices and communication at specific times, which according to Brislin and Kim (2003, p. 365) is clock-time. Clock-time is specific and observes strict schedules meaning that people have to complete specific duties by a specific time and move on to others, which they must attend to for a given duration. Other cultures, on the other hand, organize their time around specific events, which Lo and Houkamau (2012, p. 108) call “ the natural flow of events” .


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