International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior

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International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior

Analysis by Karen Dyal

North Central University


International organizational behavior is essential to fully grasp and truly understand changes that are reshaping organizations. This paper evaluates Alan Nankervis's, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, in-depth review of Nancy Adlerand's book on International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior.

Alan Nankervis provides a comprehensive review on the book International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior. The author states the goal of the book is to challenge us "to transcend our parochialism-no matter which country we grew up in-and to see the world from a global perspective" (Nankervis, 2008, p. 73). Nankervis (2008), argues that the book does not live up to its paradigm of providing readers with "a sophisticated awareness of the world . . . an understanding of the limits of their own knowledge . . . and a set of frameworks and questions to guide their management decisions" (p.


According to Nankervis (2008), explains how Nancy Adler is renowned for research on expatriate management and the roles of females as international managers. The books 12 chapters are divided into 3 parts: Impact of Culture on Organizations, Leveraging Cultural Diversity, and Managing Global Managers (p. 73). I personally agree with Nankervis when he states "It might be argued that these themes represent a rather narrow focus for the analysis of organizational behavior in international business, but the book title's qualifier-"dimensions"-satisfies this possible objection" (Nankervis, 2008, p. 73). To make the book more comprehensive the following topics should have been covered at length: globalization effects on organizational behavior, societal culture and value orientations, individual and team decision making and motivation, managing conflict; reframing as a management tool, leadership, diversity and ethics.

The first part covers choices global organizations...