Socio-Cultural Environment in Uae

6145 WordsDec 14, 201125 Pages
Abstract Recent studies have lent support to the idea that cultural variables such as powerdistance can influence management practices, and results found are in accordance withexpectations derived from cultural frameworks such as wasproposed by Hofstede's (1980) and Kluckhohnand Strodtbeck's (1961). Building on the concept of power distance as moderator of theparticipation/organizational outcome relationship, the current study investigates the impact ofpower distance on the orientation on employee participation, nature of job descriptions, organizational communication and decision-making, discipline and control, deference to senior employees, management development, and organizational structuring and adaptation. These relationshipswere…show more content…
In organisations operating in a high power distance cultural milieu, a superior is expected to make decisions without consulting his or her subordinates, because subordinates may view their involvement in decisions by their superiors as a sign of incompetence or weakness on the part of the superior. Subordinates are also unwilling to express their opinionsand disagreements openly due to fear of losing face or making someone else loses face. Let’s examine the implications of power distance, an important cultural dimension, for several organizational behavior issues, such as employee participation, job descriptions, organizational communication, decision-making, management control, ethical behavior, and organizational structuring andadaptation. EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION Employee participation is the process of giving employees the authority to make decisions relating totheir work processes and encouraging them to take responsibilities of their decisions. Most of the research on employee participation
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