Cross-cultural management and the climate crisis

Is the climate crisis our responsibility? What do we have to offer as cross-cultural management scholars? The way people and organizations relate to nature and the environment is very much our business. This is part of the cultures we purport to study. The way international managers manage cross-cultural difference, within a context of global-local power dynamics influences how MNEs approach these issues. If our scholarship really does have impact, as we say it does when assessed by our academic institutions, we have some culpability in the values and attitudes of managers and their organizations, the way they act towards local contexts, the impacts that they have on nature and the environment. We might be part of the problem. But we could also be part of the solution.

Contemporary issues: should cross-cultural management scholars study war?

The problem with cross-cultural management scholars engaging with a contemporary issue such as war in Europe is not just the relevance of cross-cultural management scholarship, it is a question of its fit for purpose. Firstly, is it relevant for specialists in cross-cultural management to engage with issues of war? Should we not leave it to political scientists or international relations specialists? Do we have any skills that we can offer? Surely we know a lot about international and cross-cultural conflict management.

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