n South African Journal of Business Management - The sharing principle : a way of managing multicultural organisations

Volume 33, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-5585


Although much has been said in academia on the importance of multiculturalism, cultural clashes in business and the workplace continue to be an issue of growing concern as the world moves toward an interlinked, global economy. Now more than ever, learning to draw on the richness of a kaleidoscopic workforce and to assist all team members in delivering their best efforts is a critical managerial task. This article provides a synopsis of the background to the problem of managing culturally diverse organisations, discusses the influences of cultural diversity on management, and proposes a conceptual framework for managing multicultural organisations through the 'sharing principle'. The challenge for a multicultural learning organisation is to increase the potential benefits of cultural diversity by creating - sharing success, sharing mental models, sharing vision, and sharing competence. A real commitment to the is essential to effective management in culturally diverse organisations.

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