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Global-local dilemmas for a medium-sized firm. Edition No. 1 - Product Image

Global-local dilemmas for a medium-sized firm. Edition No. 1

  • Published: September 2010
  • 96 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House

In order to operate efficiently on a global scale, business organizations face the dilemma that on the one hand they have to operate globally whereas they also have to be firmly rooted in local cultures, markets and power networks and must accord to local laws. There is abundant literature on the global-local dilemma as expierenced by MNOs, the focus being on Human Resource Management. When studying which management challenges internationally operating SMEs face, one finds little literature. Data in this study mainly come from an Italian SME, Tekno Point, that operates in Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. A focus on HRM was not found. Being small, SMEs adapt themselves one way or another to local conditions and that happens 'automatically'. For a SME the dilemma seems to materialize in the form of insufficient Planning & Control and lack of business information. The dilemma to its director being that he has to run what has the characteristics of a divisionalized firm with the resources of a simple structure. How can he manage and control this? This work provides a study into this problem as well that it offers some solutions.

Jan Victor, Witter.
Jan Victor Witter was born in 1950 in the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in hydrological statistics. Published work includes papers on statistics, water management, water safety and Craddle to Craddle. Recently his interest widened to business studies, in particular to the dynamics of Small and Medium Enterprises. He is married and has two sons.
Fulvio, Bolgan.
Jan Victor Witter was born in 1950 in the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in hydrological statistics. Published work includes papers on statistics, water management, water safety and Craddle to Craddle. Recently his interest widened to business studies, in particular to the dynamics of Small and Medium Enterprises. He is married and has two sons.

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