Motivation and Culture
CMA rebounded and continued to manufacture and sell its components to
computer manufacturers worldwide. The company structure was divided
into product divisions, with each division focused on specific
components. For the company, this structure was meant to streamline
sales and delivery worldwide.
As happens on occasion, there were some factors that had an effect on company profits, but the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jared Smith, was in a position to focus on several internal strategic areas, including structure, work design, motivation, conflict, and company culture as a whole. To stay profitable, the company had to eliminate several management positions in an effort to flatten the organizational chart. Many of the responsibilities fell to the employees, and many people resisted the change.
The vice presidents (VPs) are reading the information about theories of motivation that you sent them. You know, because they have been asking questions, most of which revolve around expatriates. These questions from the VPs tell you that they are now ready to address cultural differences and how they relate to preparing staff for cross-cultural work environments.
Again, Jared, your CEO, states that “the presentation you will create will explain cultural differences, intercultural differences, and culture and diversity. I’ll also need you to include a slide about steps that managers at CMA should take to prepare expatriates for assignments overseas.”