On the surface, the diverse culture could be seen as a stumbling block for foreign companies, but HAG, with the help of Charles Martin’s life experiences and scholastic knowledge of the foreign country, In which HAG was expanding into, and saw an opportunity to grow in Uganda. This was HAG’S first pursuit of business in Africa, so growing pains were almost certainly to be felt. Like many African countries, Uganda has had a riotous history. From the start of the dictatorship of Idle Main ruling with an Iron fist, life In Uganda was difficult. A diverse country in terms of religious sects, Christianity is the main religion, almost evenly split between Roman Catholics and Anglicans, though there is a large number f Muslims among many other religions.
English is the official language, however many speak only an Indigenous language such as Bantu or Miltonic” (Daniels, Redheaded, & Sullivan, 2013). In addition to the history, language, and religion, HAG Company had to also take into consideration the tribal normalizes as well as the business normalizes of the Uganda culture.
With the pending displacement of seven hundred villagers for the dam project to be successful, HAG was now faced with Its first major hurdle that most companies will face when expanding globally, how to est. blend in with the cultural norms of a foreign country. Instead of trying to simply enforce the will of HAG Company, they created a package that they felt would benefit those being displaced.
That feeling changed quickly upon the arrival of Charles Martin because those being displaced now became greedy.
HAG quickly learned that the biggest hurdle to global expansion would be the change of feelings by the tribe members who would want and request more when they knew it was available. When Charles Martin offered advanced tips word spread and created a greedier environment which could hamper the project In the long run, In order to meet the wants and needs of the tribal members and the Uganda government, Charles Martin tried to conform to and understand their culture. “ He did not like the idea of the high class living that other expatriates enjoyed, he stayed in a typical Uganda middle class neighborhood.
He chose to participate in tribal rituals” (Daniels, Redheaded, & Sullivan, 2013). Of the many things Charles Martin did to conform to the Uganda culture, perhaps the greatest conformity was understanding and articulating in what many in the United States would consider to be bribery.
He often found himself paying people who either controlled or were related to someone who controlled various aspects of the government in order to get things done quickly. Some consider it bribery, but in Uganda it is merely called an advanced tip.
By doing 1 OFF tense types AT things, snarled Marten cancelled a polytechnic adult e I a . Nils Attlee was attributed to his past experience in the Peace Corps, his vast knowledge of Africa, having majored in African studies at the University of Wisconsin. Even on a personal level, Charles Martin despised those who isolated themselves (Daniels, Redheaded, & Sullivan, 2013) instead of embracing the culture of Africa.
In addition to his schooling and life experiences, HAG Company promoted independence in their managers, which is in line with a polytechnic attitude.
In contrast, James Green exhibited a geocentric attitude. Though Charles Martin had shown the ability to complete each and every task he was given to the standards of HAG Company, James Green often found himself questioning the way in which he accomplished those tasks. He felt that much of what Charles Martin did was in direct conflict with the core values of HAG Company (Daniels, Redheaded, & Sullivan, 2013). James Green faced a conflict because though HAG Company promoted freedom and responsibility among its workers, it also wanted to ensure it was in line with their corporate culture.
So, Just about everything Charles Martin did to accomplish the task set before him was in contrast to what HAG Company felt was right and also how it would be viewed in the international community. With Charles Martin participating in tribal rituals, providing the tips that o many would be view as bribes were all opposite of the culture that HAG Company, a United States company was used to doing. Looking back at how Charles Martin achieved the task presented to him, one would be comfortable in saying that he was correct.
Being placed in a different culture and expected to accomplish difficult tasks can seem insurmountable. But, by accepting, conforming, and being flexible enough to change on the fly made this entire project possible. One cannot attribute all of the success to Charles Martin though, HAG Company is also responsible in that it allows it braininess to act freely enough to make the decisions and be held accountable for them (Daniels, Redheaded, & Sullivan, 2013).
Though James Green had many reservations concerning the ways in which Charles Martin was accomplishing the tasks, he never stepped in to change him.
Had he done so, maybe with such an extreme action as replacing him, or even forbidding him from the start of the project to do things his way would have been disastrous. Charles Martin had the life experience and scholastic knowledge to be open to a new culture. He not only adjusted to, but embraced the Uganda culture. This benefited him growing as a person and also HAG Company by accomplishing their goal of building a dam and providing electric services to those who need it most.
The next phase of the project will prove much easier to manage. Charles Martin again is the right person for the job. He has not only established a trusting relationship with those in the area as well as the government, he will be able to handle the ever changing demands of the Uganda people involved in the project. Concerns of those who think the locals will antique to demand the tips they’ve possibly become accustomed to receiving will best be handles by Charles Martin.
He understands their culture, their ways, and how best to deal with such requests in a manner in which they will not be offended.
If someone who has yet to deal with the Uganda culture was to face the same problems and issues Charles Martin had mastered, it could prove to be a fatal disaster for HAG Company in their dam project. Reticence Daniels, J. , Redheaded, L. , & Sullivan, D. (2013).
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