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Comparative managerial values: Malaysia and the West

By Robert I Westwood and James E Everett

Abstract

The personal values of 162 Malaysian managers were studied, using data from the three major cultural-ethnic groups that compose Malaysia\u27s population. Core managerial values were compared with similarly derived data from respondents in the USA and Australia. Multidimensional scaling was used for the comparison. Personal values are analyzed within the context of a discussion of heterogeneous cultural value systems within Malaysia and also within the parameters of the broader convergence-divergence debate. The evidence points to the impact of convergent forces, but there is recognition of the simultaneous play of opposing, divergent forces. Such a situation of cultural diversity and dynamic tension is not unique to Malaysia, but this particular multicultural environment provides a fascinating microcosmic laboratory in which to study it

Topics: Business
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Year: 1996
DOI identifier: 10.1300/J098v01n03_02
OAI identifier: oai:epubs.scu.edu.au:bus_pubs-1612
Provided by: ePublications@SCU
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