National political culture and its importance in guiding management practices

http://ccm.sagepub.com/Management International Journal of Cross Cultural http://ccm.sagepub.com/content/9/2/139 The online version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/1470595809335713 International Journal of Cross Cultural Management 2009 9: 139 Allan Bird and Tony Fang Editorial : Cross Cultural Management in the Age of Globalization Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com Additional services and information for International Journal of Cross Cultural Management can be found at: Email Alerts: http://ccm.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Subscriptions: http://ccm.sagepub.com/subscriptions Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Permissions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Citations: http://ccm.sagepub.com/content/9/2/139.refs.html Downloaded from ccm.sagepub.com at SAGE Publications on September 16, 2010 © The Author(s), 2009. Reprints and Permissions: http://www.sagepub.co.uk/JournalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1470595809335713 Editorial Cross Cultural Management in the Age of Globalization Allan Bird Northeastern University, Boston, USA Tony Fang Stockholm University School of Business, Sweden CCM International Journal of Cross Cultural Management Globalization is reshaping our modes of thinking and ways of behaving and fostering cultural change in societies. While some scholars (cf. Harrison, 2006; Harrison and Huntington, 2000) may argue over a ‘clash of cultures’, it seems just as relevant to focus on the ways in which cultures may learn from each other, even inspire each other where the beauty of cultural differences and cultural collisions is applauded (Fang, in press; Soderberg and Holden, 2002). At the same time, some scholars argue that a world culture (Lechner and Boli, 2005) or global culture (Arnett, 2002; Bird and Stevens, 2003) is emerging and that it threatens the existence of national cultures. This special section on ‘Cross Cultural Management in the Age of Globalization’ aims at providing a forum to examine...