Applicability of Western Management Theories to Developing Countries

This post includes reports on two contrasting views regarding the applicability of Western management theories to developing countries.  The first report traces the skepticism of Geert Hofstede, one of the leading researchers in the area of cross-cultural management studies, regarding the transferability of US management theories of leadership and management to countries with a cultural profile that is measurably different than that of the US.  The second report takes a very different position on the issue and suggests that various factors, notably globalization of business activities and managerial practices, have made the question of whether Western-based theories of management can be applied in developing countries "irrelevant".  If the second view is true developing countries will almost certainly become contributors to global "best practices" for managers and managers in those countries will continue to become active consumers of Western management ideas even if they must be adapted to suit the local environment–cultural and otherwise. 

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