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Adm. Sci. 2015, 5(2), 46-70; doi:10.3390/admsci5020046

Understanding Cultural Difference Management through Charles Taylor’s Philosophy: Case Studies from the Food Processing Industry

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Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Government of Canada, 125 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2, Canada
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Department of Management, HEC Montréal, 3000 Côte Ste-Catherine, Montréal, QC H3T 2A7, Canada
Signature indicate personal opinion and do not represent official positions of the department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada or the Government of Canada.
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Academic Editor: Joseph Roberts
Received: 30 December 2014 / Revised: 2 April 2015 / Accepted: 21 April 2015 / Published: 28 April 2015
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Abstract

In this paper, we use the work of the philosopher, Charles Taylor, to investigate the role of culture on internationalization decisions. Using parameters related to key constructs such as positive liberty, social ontology, expressivism, civic republicanism and common spaces, we look at how culture influences the decisions regarding corporate international expansion. This framework was applied in a multi-interview design in four firms from the food processing industry from France and Canada. Results showed an obvious sensitivity to cultural difference and that managerial practices surrounding this issue tended to be intuitive and emergent. These practices were not crystallized in the form of a conscious and deliberate organizational strategy for dealing with cultural difference when planning foreign market entry. Our findings triggered further reflections on managerial implications such as the importance of searching more explicitly for cultural and organizational anchors when reviewing location factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: culture; decision-making; organizational behaviour; internationalization; international business; multinational corporations (MNCs) culture; decision-making; organizational behaviour; internationalization; international business; multinational corporations (MNCs)
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Ouellet, S.M.; Facal, J.; Hébert, L. Understanding Cultural Difference Management through Charles Taylor’s Philosophy: Case Studies from the Food Processing Industry. Adm. Sci. 2015, 5, 46-70.

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