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Connecting Eastern and Western Perspectives on Management: Translation of Practices Across Organizations, Institution and Geographies

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Igor Filatotchev, Li Qun Wei, Riikka M. Sarala, Penny Dick, John E. Prescott

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number1
Published1 Jan 2020

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The exchange of academic knowledge increasingly flows in both directions, from West to East and East to West. The result is a rich and ever increasing development of theory and understanding of practice, which is expected only to gain further momentum in the future. This paper seeks to help establish a foundation for further development of this fertile exchange of ideas between East and West. We reflect on the research focus of the main theories in management studies in East and West. We discuss the topics of East and West in selected areas of management studies, including competitive strategy, strategic leadership, and the human resource management to offer avenues for future research. Translating practices between the two contexts creates institutional, leadership, strategy and organizational challenges while providing new promising research avenues and opportunities to integrate East and West perspectives. We also offer a more critical view on the relationship between West and East, focusing specifically on the role of power and power relations in making sense of how management and organization studies treat issues of cultural, institutional and philosophical divergence.

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