Do national management models really exist ?

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Philippe d’ IRIBARNE

Director of Gestion et Société

Jean-Louis BEFFA

C.E.O. of Saint Gobain

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Director of Centre de Sociologie des Organisations

Jean-Marc OURY

Director of Compagnie Générale des Eaux

Seminar Guest speakers | Monday May 16, 1994

We talk about American styles of management, Japanese methods, the “Swedish model”, and of gallic spirit... should we also be talking about national models of management ? In one sense, yes, says Philippe d’Iribarne, who maintains that the best way to get people working together depends largely on the norms and customs that they share. Certainly not, according to Erhard Friedberg. Talking of national management models can hide cultural differences that exist between different companies. Understanding national management traits can help us to avoid making mistakes, says Jean-Louis Beffa, we should bring traditions closer together without melting them all together in a single mould.

The entire article was written by:

Michel BERRY

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