Gender Equality in International Business

848 WordsJul 9, 20184 Pages
In past experience, through travels outside of the country for business relations it was discovered very early on that most cultures will respect fairness and tolerance, but each to a different degree. American women in managerial positions have had to struggle to find ways to be effective in cultures where their authority and credibility are not traditionally the norm. Perhaps it was the value of fairness that clashed with tolerance or respect for diversity on this particular business trip to Japan over 10 years ago. However, even if there was an underlying agreement on such values, in this particular scenario these values were prioritized differently among the two different cultures and might have been expressed different for that…show more content…
Furthermore, under the circumstances of intense competition and the need for expediency, the women were advised to do what ever was in the best interest of the company, which forced them to sit along the side lines as observers through most of the trip. The women did not attend meetings even though they were highly trained and in some cases more qualified than their male counterparts. The women were not invited to dinner engagements to discuss business affairs, and nor were they invited to attend recreational activities outside of the office with other business partners while on this trip. Although disappointing, the trip was not without some success as the men were able to accomplish the company’s goals. However, her male counterparts took all the credit for her hard work, with very little ever being said about what she had done to help them achieve the company’s objective. The companies response to this dilemma, however, was expected and in a way understandable at the time. Mostly because she knew that laws in other countries and norms were not always well defined, and it was evident that conflicting priorities were going to arise as they traveled from culture-to-culture. But what bothered her was the impression that corporate inadvertently overlooked the ethical elements of this business decisions, or worse still, choose to ignore it. Moreover, it was determined
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