Managing Work and Family Across Cultures

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1.What are some of the antecedents to Paula’s culture shock? Could she have done things differently? The world that is in existence in this day and age is not the same as what was in existence in the past due to globalization and modernization. It has become more and more multicultural as individuals from different nations, cultures and background migrate from their native homes to find greener pastures in other countries that are foreign to them. The environment in one culture usually presents certain challenges and difficulties not faced by another and this is what Paula faced when she decided to move from her hometown in Africa to Australia. Paula’s case is one of interest to management studies as it provides essential information as to how cultural influences impact management and is in turn reflected by behavior. After moving to Australia, Paula’s family soon settled where her husband found work and her daughters enrolled in a good public school in an upmarket suburb (Robbins, Judge, Millet & Boyle 2011). She however did not find employment quickly as per her expectations and this situation started dampening her spirits. Paula had experienced a few antecedents prior to her culture shock and these include the life threatening experience, having to leave family, friends and all she had grown up to know and love behind and not finding employment soon as was her previous expectations. Culture shock can be defined as disorientation experienced by an individual when suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture or way of life (Robbins, et al. 2011). Paula soon realized that there existed a wide cultural gap between her native country and the one she had migrated to from a number of perspectives. In my personal opinion, I think that Paula could have done things differently before making the final decision of settling in Australia. To start with, she would have done thorough research on the culture of Australia and what is expected of foreigners once they...
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