Global Environment,

3475 WordsNov 23, 200814 Pages
In a global environment, religious practice frequently affects business practices within organizations. Religion impacts business and social interactions from meetings to greetings, holidays and community events and is an inherent factor of cultural values. A culture’s belief systems are invaluable tools for encoding and reinforcing key value orientations within a given group or community, thereby lending it cohesiveness in outlook and perspective to the everyday challenges of life. Awareness of a culture’s religious practices and values play a major role in managing, negotiating or working with others from a different culture. It is essential to keep religious preferences and practices in mind when conducting business, either outside…show more content…
She should, however, be advised to dress very conservatively. Furthermore, it is a good idea that she be introduced to her business counterparts by a man of high rank in her own organization and that he be very clear about her power and rank. Of the world’s main religions, it is Islam in which concerns over a woman’s place in business is most apparent. However, it is important to remember that gender affects other religious environments in a manner that is admittedly less apparent, but also perhaps more subversive. For example, while one will find many women in all sectors and hierarchical levels of business in a Jewish environment, Jewish women are traditionally aligned most importantly with motherhood and a domestic role. In Asia, the religious influences of Confucianism, Shintoism and Taoism reinforce the traditional viewpoint that women are expected to put all of their efforts into being a wife and mother once married. In countries as disparate as China and Japan, where woman are increasingly joining the business ranks, it is still difficult to hold more senior roles in companies where resistance to their leadership still persists for traditional – often religious and/or cultural – reasons. In Japan, for example, many young women leave the workforce before they achieve any sort of seniority. If and when they later return to the workforce, they generally occupy lower positions than before marriage. This is largely due to the mother’s inability to socialize with
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