The Would-Be Pioneer Essay

2148 WordsDec 31, 20129 Pages
From reviewing Green’s fictional case study, (Green, 2011), the author acknowledges some good points for consideration when one has to determine how much a culture and environment will affect institutions and their management. In this review, Green explores the challenges faced by Ms. Linda Myers when she accepted a job as a VP in a Seoul, South Korea with SK Telecom. Ms. Myers had what seemed to be all of the right credentials on paper that would make her the ideal candidate for a foreign assignment, except one, she was female. Although she realized initially that the agency contacting her for the assignment referred to her as “Mr.”, she pressed on and assumed it was a simple mistake, however, her experience would be reflective of this…show more content…
Within the first few weeks of her new assignment, Ms. Myers felt as if she had made very little impact on the organization, she was still struggling to communicate, and she had isolated her team members. She was frustrated, did not understand exactly what she was supposed to be doing in her role any longer and essentially started becoming a very miserable person at work. She loved the community and was absorbing local culture, however, this was not translating into a positive experience in the board room. Something had to change. This change occurred oddly enough in the form of a perceived promotion or move for Ms. Myers to become the Head of Global Talent at SK Holdings. In review of this case it seems obvious that this was a move designed to get Ms. Myers out of the boardroom as VP and eventually out of the company within a year of her arrival. As Ms. Myers moved into her new role, she quickly realized that she was being isolated by the team and that shake ups were occurring and in early 2009, she was finally dismissed from the company (Green, 2011). From reviewing this case study it seems that the key issues that went wrong for Ms. Myers began with her assumption that she could easily adapt to new cultures based on her life and career experiences. The next thing she does wrong is to ignore some very poignant warning signs had she been willing to see them as opposed to ignoring
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