What can MoF do? -
" Too many meetings with too many participant, yet no decision", "Too much time taken making decisions", " Tasks outside one's area of responsibility are requested", " Japanese is spoken among Japanese managers during meetings", " Insufficient explanation of basic company policy" and so on. These are typical complaints P.A.R.K. received from foreign managers who work for or with Japanese companies.
In contrast, Japanese managers often make complaints about local staffs such as: "Information not being shared with others", "Decision made without prior discussion", "Lengthy explanation on obvious matters", "Never admit mistakes", " Too much noise in meetings" and so on.
One of the most important factors for an effective organization is said to be the sharing of a common vision among all staff. In an organization where such complaints are heard, it is hard to imagine how any vision could be shared. Some measures have to be taken to tackle the issue.
MoF is a powerful and practical tool to analyze and provide solutions for cross cultural issues. It can, for example, visually and clearly describe countries' different business styles that cause business conflicts. It allows the analysis of the background to differences, thus leading to suggestions as to how one can best cope with conflicts. In addition, the online questionnaire system provides individual cultural profiles that can be compare with a specific country's business culture.
In order to help understand an individual's cross cultural issues, additional online tools are available through which an individual's personal cultural profile can be drawn.
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