The Influence Of
Within The Global
Group of Companies
Paul RB Kelly
12th March 2004
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Research (1) indicates that national culture has a greater impact on employees than does their organisation's culture and this report examines both cultures within VOLE Inc. a seventeen month old company with the ambition to establish a worldwide presence within three years. At the moment VOLE is small enough to debate and address these issues but diverse enough with operations across four continents in fourteen countries to already be experiencing the strains of cultural differences, particularly between the Far East where the company has its roots and the recently opened markets of Western Europe and the United States. It will hopefully lead to the formulation of some agreed corporate communication policies as these will become increasingly difficult to put together and implement as global expansion delivers a veritable Tower of Babel to the organisation if it achieves its rapid growth predictions.
VOLE Worldwide Inc commenced trading in November 2002 and offers the world's first managed Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communications network. Providing a videophone package similar to a mobile/cell phone plan, VOLE manages the service which includes provision of a videophone for free use, while the customer just talks. For an affordable flat-price monthly fee, the customer enjoys unlimited video-talk time in addition to full videophone support. The company was founded in Singapore, where the unique VOLGATE software that powers the VOIP network was developed and where VOLE Worldwide has its headquarters. It has a strong Singaporean heritage evidenced by the head office management team being exclusively from the Far East region, although the CEO personally has substantial work experience in the United States. Far Eastern shareholders in the company are currently in the majority, with one significant European investor, but as the company grows and expands its shareholder base through venture capital investment, there is likely to be a more international spread of investors. Growth was initially concentrated regionally with individual VOLE trading companies being set up in Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines and Indonesia. In November 2003, VOLE UK was formed, probably a little earlier than originally planned in the global rollout, and very quickly a number of European territories have also commenced trading in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Austria Hungary and Ukraine. Major efforts are currently being made to move forward in the USA with the first company VOLE Company just started trading in Florida, where the rollout will be on a State by State basis. Customer growth will be viral in nature as the primary offering to the corporate sector is the reduction in telephony charges so it is likely that a new customer in Thailand will, for instance, generate a new customer in that organisations UK or other international subsidiary. The financial model for the company's growth cements this viral relationship by transferring 25% of the revenue base from the sale producing country to those countries which will require a local install and support for the global subsidiary's of the original client. Trading companies are now located on four different continents, and with a primary objective of working together for each company's mutual benefit, it will be necessary, as the organisation grows across the world, for each VOLE company to understand each other better. Each company will...
References: (1) N.J. Adler 2002 International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior. 4th Ed Ciciinatti, OH: Southwestern pp. 67-69
(2) S.P. Robbins 2002. Prentice Hall Self Assessment Library. Pearson Education Company
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