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Managerial Effectiveness as a Function of Culture and Tolerance of Ambiguity: A Cross-cultural Study of India and Fiji

Pathak, Raghuvar Dutt and Chauhan, Vinit Singh and Dhar, Upinder and Van Gramberg, Bernadine (2009) Managerial Effectiveness as a Function of Culture and Tolerance of Ambiguity: A Cross-cultural Study of India and Fiji. International Employment Relations Review, 15 (1). pp. 73-90. ISSN 1324-1125

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Abstract

This paper explores how national culture may predispose managers to a greater or lesser tolerance for ambiguity which then has an effect on their managerial effectiveness. The concept of tolerance of ambiguity is analysed in Indian and Fijian business executives' propensity to avoid uncertainty. The research investigation adopts a 2 x 2 factorial design on a sample consisting of 84 subjects from service and manufacturing organisations in India and Fiji. The results indicate that Indian national managers demonstrate higher levels of tolerance of ambiguity and greater adaptability in comparison to the Fijian Managers. The results suggest that managerial effectiveness is enhanced in an Indian national context as a result of greater tolerance of ambiguity and greater adaptability and this may be linked to the greater homogeneity of the workforce and its associated value congruence than in the Fijian sample. The findings may have relevance for human resource managers, particularly in dealing with training and support.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID17804, cross-cultural studies, Fiji social conditions, India social conditions, organizational effectiveness, measurement, corporate culture
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Faculty of Business and Law
SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2011 05:04
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2011 02:56
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4521
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