AbstractThis study was in the form of a literature review that focused on the effects of administrative leadership on the way Australian international companies operate. The study explored the way in which business leaders’ perceptions on corporate ethics and social responsibility determines business outcomes. Negative perceptions of administrative leaders were found to make owners of Australian companies reluctant to venture into the international markets. The administration leadership’s core role of integrating positive cultural practices into the international business landscape was also identified. Many corporate players in Australia are facing many challenges while trying to choose the best approach in dealing with cultural dilemmas.
While some business people choose to adopt an imperialist perspective, others choose a relativist or a Universalist perspective. The need for a unified international code of cultural and ethical conduct was identified. In the academic circles, the concept of International and Cultural Leadership (ICL) is the closest that intellectuals have come to addressing subtle cultural dilemmas that business people encounter while handle carrying out transactions at the international level. Heads of international companies in Australia have adopted an experiential learning approach while dealing with cultural problems at the international level.
This is evident in the high level of employability among graduates with a proper understanding of inter-cultural communication. Bribery is one of the problems that business leaders face. Corporate players tend to refer to the internationally set guidelines on how such issues should be handled, examples of include the UN and OECD. However, the guidelines have not been effective in deterring bribe-seekers from disrupting the smooth process of doing international business. Business leaders should lobby in order to ensure that more effective legislations are put in place for the benefit of international traders both from Australia and elsewhere. The perceptions that shape Australian international business environment are influenced by the approaches taken by administrative leaders.
Most of these perceptions draw heavily on the country’s culture of free enterprise economy. These perceptions shape the manner in which Australian companies sell raw materials to countries such as China, India and the United States. The impact of administrative leaders is also felt on the way legislation is done in areas like acquisition of workforce, ethical dilemmas, cultural incongruity and uptake of information technologies by international business.
The leadership is also credited with impacting on perspectives that are taken with regard to innovation. The success of the Australian business Excellence Framework also depends on the way in which Australia’s administrative leadership creates various platforms for business design, administration and promotion. Introduction Australia has been playing a key role in international trade since the 1950s. The country’s corporate success is attributed to, among many things, the positive attitude that has been instilled into business players by administrative leaders.
This impact has been occasioned by the improvements that the leaders put in place in order to ensure that business players are able to exploit opportunities both at the local and the international level. However, competitiveness has kept on increasing since Australia’s leadership embarked on the uphill task of influencing business people to take a global approach to business. Globalization has opened new business horizons by bringing diverse cultures together. This has brought about many new benefits and challenges as well. On the positive side, information technology has made the world borderless, meaning that an Australian company can handle transactions with another company from any part of the world.
On the negative side, diversity in cultural, ethical and moral perspectives between people of different backgrounds slows the pace of doing business.