Expatriate managers managing in a global ‘timescape’ context
Rapid globalization and the increasing complexity of conducting business in a hypercompetitive marketplace, has some expatriate managers concerned about their performance due to the lack of time to make strategic decisions. Emerging is the realization of a new measure of time, global time, while exacerbating the growing complexity of the expatriate manager’s tasks (i.e., cross-cultural differences in the concept of social time entail differences in weighting the value of time for the firm strategic actions and responses). This paper examines the dimensions of global time, develops a framework for visualizing the multidimensionality of global time (i.e.,“timescapes”) and its impact on the expatriate’s role, and provides insights into how to develop a support infrastructure for expatriate managers who have to deal with the issues associated with managing and competing in global time.
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Michael Harvey, Milorad Novicevic, and Tim Kiessling. "Expatriate managers managing in a global ‘timescape’ context" Paper presented at the 46th annual meeting of the academy of international business: Bridging with the other: The importance of dialogue in international business. Stockholm, Sweden. Jul. 2004.
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