ch 13 case study

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1. will the leadership style used in the u.s. be successful in australia or will the australians respond better to another?

answer: the leadership style used in the u.s. is not unlike that already used in australia. the biggest concern for gandriff corporation is that australia is far more unionized than the u.s., and unions unquestionably tie management's hands. the climate for a more adversarial relationship exists when a union is present, and a leadership style that uses teamwork, extensive participation and sharing may not work well. gandriff needs to do some investigation into present management practices and use this information in its decision.

2. if the retailer goes into europe, in which country will it have the least problem using its u.s. based leadership style? why?

answer: european managers in general use a participative leadership style, but of all countries, great britain resembles the u.s. the most. employees there are accustomed to the democratic approach, having information shared with them, and working under participative leaders. many of the norms and values of the british culture are similar to those in the u.s. the political background in england even favors participative leadership. top british managers are not greatly involved in the day to day affairs of their business and prefer to delegate authority and decision making to lower levels. the lack of any language barrier between england and the u.s. helps promote the leadership style too. this is not to say there would be no problems in the transfer of leadership style, but the problems that might arise would probably not be great and could be overcome without great difficulty.

3. if the company goes into europe, what changes might it have to make in accommodating its leadership approach to the local environment? use germany as an example.

answer: german leaders prefer a more work centered, authoritarian approach to management. participative management is far less in germany than in other european countries. lower level german managers have been shown to have more democratic attitudes.

in general, the german managers are more participative than they were in the 1960s and 1970s, but just because they express favorable attitudes toward participative leadership does not mean they actually practice this approach. if gandriff corporation goes into germany, managers may need to temper their leadership style some and use teamwork and low level decision-making less than they have in the u.s.
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