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Global Comparative Management
A Functional Approach



February 2009 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The first current comprehensive treatment of comparative management available in a single-authored package, Global Comparative Management: A Functional Approach offers an interdisciplinary discussion of management functions, practices, patterns, and problems relating to a wide variety of national and regional settings. Author Ralph Edfelt places management concepts into temporal and contextual perspective, gives broad overviews of management theory, and describes global macroenvironmental trends. Readers will gain the knowledge and insight necessary for becoming effective managers, employees, and citizens in today's increasingly interdependent world.

Global Comparative Management covers the United States, Latin America, Western Europe, Japan, and East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea). Each chapter includes a management section that focuses on region-specific topics, such as the managerial functions of planning, controlling, organizing, directing, and staffing in that region; CEO backgrounds, career paths, and pay scales; and higher-management education.

Key Features
  • Broadens readers' worldviews through discussions of global contexts and experiences
  • Synthesizes information from many sources, including academic research and contributions by practicing managers, consultants, and other professionals
  • Explores two special topics: management-by-democracy (transcending several countries, regions, and eras) and management in a state-socialist system (the former Soviet Union), noting implications for contemporary capitalist settings
  • Defines current cultural, economic, and political terminology
  • Includes pertinent case studies and exercises, lists of terms and concepts, and study questions
Designed for students and practitioners of management and international business, Global Comparative Management can be used as a stand-alone text or as supplementary reading in Comparative Management courses. It is also an ideal supplement for Introduction to Management, International Management, and Global Studies courses.

 
1. Management; A Conceptual and Contextual Overview
Chapter Objectives  
Conceptual/Historical Perspective  
Global Context  
Chapter Summary  
Terms and Concepts  
Study Questions  
Exercises  
 
2. American (U.S.) Management
Chapter Objectives  
The U.S. Macro-Environment  
The American (U.S.) Manager  
U.S. Managerial Tendencies  
Chapter Summary  
Terms and Concepts  
Study Questions  
Exercises  
Case: Board of Directors  
 
3. West European Management
Chapter Objectives  
The West European Macro-Environment  
The West European Manager  
European Management Perspective, Process, Practice  
Chapter Summary  
Terms and Concepts  
Study Questions  
Exercises  
 
4. Soviet Socialist Management
Chapter Objectives  
Soviet Polity, Economy and Culture  
The Soviet Manager  
The Management Process  
Managerial Performance  
Economic Reforms  
Gorbachev Reform Initiatives  
Chapter Summary  
Terms and Concepts  
Study Questions  
Exercise  
 
5. Management-By-Democracy; The Employee-Controlled Organization
Chapter Objectives  
The Concept  
Examples of Employee (or member) Control  
Performance  
Critical Success Factors  
Chapter Summary  
Terms and Concepts  
Study Questions  
Exercise  
 
6. The Legacy of China
Chapter Objectives  
The Chinese Macro-Environment  
The Confucian-Zone Manager  
Management Practice  
Chapter Summary  
Terms and Concepts  
Study Questions  
Exercises  
 
7. Japanese Management; Tradition and Transition
Chapter Objectives  
The Japanese Macro-Environment  
The Japanese Manager  
Japanese Management  
Chapter Summary  
Terms and Concepts  
Study Questions  
Exercises  
 
8. Management in Latin America
Chapter Objectives  
The Latin American Macro-Environment  
The Latin American CEO  
Latin American Management  
Chapter Summary  
Terms and Concepts  
Study Questions  
Exercises  
 
9. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Solid chapter on Management theory conceptual and contextual review, outstanding review for MBAs and specialized Grad Programs, solid recap and intro for upper level undergraduates, good work on the US portion, good balance b/t regions, nice charts and research, comparative points well stated, easy to understand, yet profound in the messages disseminated for future reference and for a more inclusive, balanced, and interdependent world of management in the 21st Century.

Dr Anastasios Kaburakis
Management Dept, St Louis University
December 21, 2010

It was really good to break down management issues across different regions (it's very difficult to find such a book), and it's not heally academic and research-oriented. BUT half of each of the chapter covers GENERAL economic and policial environments of each region. It would have been much better if more space can be devoted to leadership and managerial issues in each region.

Dr Jane Yang
Business Administration , City University of Hong Kong
December 10, 2009
Key features

 Provides a clearer more comprehensive view of international management beyond intercultural issues to include:

  • managerial funtions
  • managerial practice
  • managerial issues
  • problems in different national/regional settings
  • economioc contexts
  • political contexts
  • pertinent cases and exercises along with lists of terms, concepts and study questions

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2 - American (U.S.) Management

Chapter 6 - The Legacy of China


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