Nordic Values of Work-life Balance in Diverse Teams in Multinational Corporations in Tokyo

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This study addresses the dissemination of cultural issues in business collaboration across cultures. Communication is viewed as a complex, multi-issued, and dynamic process in which global managers exchange meaning. A multi-contextual analysis is used to describe the dynamics and complexity of sense-making processes at the interface of meaning exchange in the collaboration between Danish and Japanese values. The global demands of responsible management. Through international regulations. The concept of ‘negotiated’ culture is employed, elaborated, and applied to empirical data at organizational and individual contextual levels in intercultural encounters. In particular, the concept of ‘negotiated’ is used to understand the strategic and operational communication of values between Danish company headquarters and the subsidiaries in the Japanese market. A significant amount of research represents a headquarters or western view of communication processes and cultural challenges in strategy implementation. The present study focuses on the subsidiary and includes the team context. The study contributes to a nuanced view of diversity and work life values as they are communicated across cultures and experience and lived in subsidiaries. The Danish notions of arbejdsglæde contentment at work and the Japanese karoshi death from exhaustion are found to be important drivers of employee perceptions. The study offers a longitudinal (transformative) perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2022
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventThe 26th Nordic Academy of Management Conference : Bringing Research Together - Örebro University School of Business, Örebro, Sweden
Duration: 24 Aug 202224 Aug 2022
Conference number: 26


ConferenceThe 26th Nordic Academy of Management Conference
LocationÖrebro University School of Business
Other26th Biennial NFF Conference
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  • Multinational
  • Corporate values
  • Diversity
  • Work-life balance
  • Context

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