THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURE ON MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF MULTINATIONAL FIRMS

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THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURE ON MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF MULTINATIONAL FIRMS

ABSTRACT

            It is a well-known fact that business organization develops a particular work practice and management attitude, which reflect their shared values, aspirations and goals. A workforce is made up of people with diverse values. The more the organization accept these values the higher the morale productivity of the employee. This is easier when members of this organization are drawn from the same cultural configuration. The culture of people which constitute the organization would wish to express their diverse values and expects that such be respected.

            Culture constitutes the spiritual consciousness of people and it is deep rooted in their life. Their rituals are part of their daily lives and they will give their best to those who will make them grow and allow them to retain their basic core values. However, in a multinational workplace there are power bases and corporate culture are influenced by the culture of the power base. In most multinational organizations in Nigeria, the culture of the host country determines how work is done.

            The study discovered that management practices are influenced by culture, the cultural orientation of the company’s management determines the management practice they adopt. Where there is multinational orientation, the management practice causes the workforce to stretch in other to align to the culture being practiced by the organization, this is however, unproductive.             The work of this research is reported in chapter five. Chapter one laid down the basic philosophy necessitating the study as well as the nature of the problem, it stated the basic questions it aimed to answer. The second chapter discussed various lectures on the subject. Chapter three presented the method adopted, while the remaining chapters presented the outcome of the study and made useful conclusion.