Un-Follow the Leader | Columbia Business School

Good read for global small business or small business in India.   The advice can also be used as how-to in other cultures that are different than your own.

Excerpt:  In a working world made smaller, managers increasingly oversee employees across the globe — and the cultural divide. But while crossing cultures can create new opportunities, it brings challenges, too.

Take India, which seeks to transition from an economy based on manufacturing and offshored services to one based on innovation and design. A challenge for managers is to foster independent thinking in a culture where employees are socialized to defer to authority figures more than are their western counterparts.

Silicon Valley-style innovation requires that young scientists and engineers who know the latest technological developments assert their ideas. The egalitarian culture of the United States, and specifically Northern California, help to make this work.

via Columbia Ideas at Work : Feature.

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