There’s a very interesting thread in the Global Recruitment Strategy Group – Global Staffing Leaders – People, Process and Technology. Russ Moon – soon with MBA in hand – accurately notes that
“Multinational companies have proven time and time again that one size doesn’t fit all, that each country has their own unique dynamics that one must understand and respect in order to prosper there.”
“Unless there are regional liaisons who have this local knowledge and are rapidly and accurately passing it along to the global person, their ability to know all the ‘local’ dynamics are very limited at best.”
Later, Tracey Friend – who everyone must have in their network – offered, “…it is the HOW that changes, not the WHAT. Language. Culture. The HOW Factor. People’s buying behaviors. All of these impact a global recruiting strategy.” In response to her quest for things that stay constant globally and things that vary by country, I defer to a company I discovered some ten years ago that publishes books on topics germane to understanding cultural differences – and constants.
Yarmouth, ME – offer books on topics ranging from Culture and Global Management to International Business to Living and Working Abroad. There is also a fantastic links section with connections to websites, forums, and associations related to intercultural topics.