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Acquiring Cross-Cultural Competence: Insights from International Firms in Four Countries
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Retailing and International Business (RIB))
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
2016 (English)In: Entrepreneurship Development in a Globalized Era / [ed] Dana-Nicoleta Lascu, 2016, Vol. 13, 1-13 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Firms increasingly have to compete globally in order to survive. An understanding of the host country’s local culture arguably being one of the most important aspects of this survival. The greater the cultural difference, the higher the risk of miscommunication and of mismanagement. Given that cross-cultural management is acknowledged as an intrinsic part of firm establishment in foreign markets today, we set out to explore the linkages between the competence of international firms in managing cultural differences and the effectiveness of their business operations. How this ‘cross-cultural competence’ is acquired is of particular interest to this study. Swedish firms operating in Kenya, Lithuania, Poland and Russia are examined. The findings show that international firms tend not to formulate any preparatory measures to become ‘culturally competent’ prior to entering foreign markets. Learning takes place by doing. A Process Model of Acquiring Cross-Cultural Competence in Foreign Markets is constructed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 13, 1-13 p.
Series
Advances in Global Business Research, ISSN 1549-9332 ; 1
Keyword [en]
Internationalization, Kenya, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Cross-Cultural Competence Process, National Culture, Cross-Cultural Management, Globalization
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13192OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-13192DiVA: diva2:1052263
Conference
Academy for Global Business Advancement (AGBA), 13th Annual World Congress, "Business and Entrepreneurship Development in a Globalized Era”, November 26-28, 2016, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta (SOLO), Central Java, Indonesia
Projects
Cultural Differences and their Impact on International Marketing Practices
Available from: 2016-12-06 Created: 2016-12-06 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved

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