Category: Culture

Balancing Work and Family: Global Differences and Similarities

With more and more women around the world entering the work force, the need for understanding the pressures of balancing work and family life has never been greater. “International Perspectives on Work and Family” reviews four papers on the subject, providing a greater understanding of how this balance varies from culture to culture.

The Consequences of Fit Across Cultures

We know that the compatibility between an employee and their work environment is critical. Good fit tends to lead to better attitudes, improved job performance, and lower turnover. But in a global economy, it isn’t safe to assume that all cultures value fit and compatibility in the same ways. In fact, they don’t.

Negotiating as a Team or Alone: Which is more effective?

The days of single country business teams are fast falling behind us. In the modern global marketplace most successful companies are multi-national. A negotiating team may consist of members from many countries, or even many continents. So, how does that affect negotiating style? Is negotiating as a team more effective? A new study suggests that based on the culture of the negotiators different tactics are more effective.

Email Etiquette: The Unwritten Rules We Follow

Topic: Culture, Decision Making Publication: Administrative Science Quarterly (SEP 2012) Article: Appeasing Equals: Lateral Deference in Organizational Communication Authors: Alison R. Fragale, John J. Sumanth, Larissa Z. Tiedens, and Gregory B. Northcraft Reviewed By: Susan Rosengarten Lets face it. We’re all addicted to checking our email. How many of us

Dangerous Jobs: A Reason to Play Hooky? (IO Psychology)

Topic: Leadership, Culture, Health & Safety Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JUL 2012) Article: Aversive workplace conditions and absenteeism: Taking referent group norms and supervisor support into account. Authors: M. Biron, P. Bamberger Reviewed By: Ben Sher Why do people play hooky from work? The stress-free paradise of a day

Proactive Performance Increases Customer Satisfaction (IO Psychology)

Topic: Culture, Self-Efficacy, Job Attitudes, Citizenship Behavior Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (MAY 2012) Article: Doing the right thing without being told: Joint effects of initiative climate and general self-efficacy on employee proactive customer service performance. Authors: S. Raub, H. Liao Reviewed By: Ben Sher In the customer service division,

The Competitive Advantage Behind Investing in Employees (Human Resource Management)

Topic: Performance, Human Resources, Culture, Business Strategy Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (2012) Article: Impact of High-Performance Work Systems on Individual- and Branch- Level Performance: Test of a Multilevel Model of Intermediate Linkages Authors: Samuel Aryee, Fred O. Walumbwa, Emmanuel Y. M. Seidu, & Lilian E. Otaye Reviewed By: Lauren

The relationship between job performance and turnover – It’s not as simple as we thought! (IO Psychology)

Topic: Job Performance, Turnover, Culture Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JAN 2012) Article: The effect of culture on the curvilinear relationship between performance and turnover Authors: Michael C. Sturman, Lian Shao, & Jan H. Katz Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin The relationship between job performance and turnover has long been thought