Case analysis – Time for a change: Managing cross-cultural issues in Barbados (A)

Wk 6 Case analysis – Time for a change: Managing cross-cultural issues in Barbados (A)

Your full name and student ID:

Please read this case before the next session and write down your thoughts on the following:

What is the case about?

Who are the principal characters in the case?

If you were Vinette, what would be the three main issues/features about which you would be most concerned? Be prepared to discuss why you would be concerned.

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If you were the staff at Barbados (represented by Sonia), what would be the three main issues/features about which you would be most concerned? Be prepared to discuss why you would be concerned.

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If you were Komo, what would be the three main issues about which you would be most concerned? Be prepared to discuss why you would be concerned.

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Identify other information or make any inferences that would be useful for your analysis.

Use the following ‘fish bone’ framework (p.3) to identify what you believe to be the most critical factors leading to one of the following critical outcomes relevant to this case, such as

1) fostering individual change and minimising resistance to organizational change

2) managing conflicts and fostering appreciation of differences

3) the adaptation of international staff into different cultural settings

Your research

What research evidence do you have to back up your analysis of situations in the case? List any theoretical concepts from the module Bronze, Silver, or Gold level reading or any empirical research derived from your own research. Make a note of

  • Articles you examined which relate to this issue
  • Findings of those articles
  • How you think these findings relate to your analysis of situations in the case?

Based upon the information provided, what advice would you give to Vinette? What are the pros and cons?

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