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International management development and the balance between generalism and professionalism

Author: Evans, Paul A. L. INSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourIn: Personnel Management, dec. 1990 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 46-50.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask the Library for this articleAbstract: Strategies for developing managers vary widely between different cultures and countries. Functional specialization is the norm in Germany, while generalism dominates in the UK and North America. Japanese firms believe that it takes four years to do a job well, while Western high fliers are expected to hold ten jobs before they are forty. The article suggests ways in which the best of each of these systems can be brought together, including the new concept of the "layered career"
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Strategies for developing managers vary widely between different cultures and countries. Functional specialization is the norm in Germany, while generalism dominates in the UK and North America. Japanese firms believe that it takes four years to do a job well, while Western high fliers are expected to hold ten jobs before they are forty. The article suggests ways in which the best of each of these systems can be brought together, including the new concept of the "layered career"

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