Embracing Globalization – Nu Leadership Series

“ Every failure is a blessing in disguise, providing it teaches some needed lesson one could not have learned without it. Most so-called Failures are only temporary defeats.”
Napoleon Hill

Clearly, the thought of globalization has a different connotation depending on one’s reference point. This reality makes it difficult for other non-Western society to accept Western organizational design. For example, the restructuring of Iraq is a Western initiative. Do Arabic nations embrace it? Galbraith, author of Designing the Global Corporation, argues that a company’s domestic advantage becomes a disadvantage when a company expands globally. America believes in a democracy because people are viewed as equal. However, what happens when the people of Iraq demand a theocratic form of government (an Islamic State)?

Therefore, today’s organizations need to understand global etiquette. Writer Lamy argues globalization now make us more interdependent of each other. It forces countries to examine their laws, social norms, values, and other mechanisms for framing human behavior. Jreisat, author of Governance in a Globalizing World, maintains that managers must improve their communications, values, and negotiation skills in this global environment. Furthermore, Lamy suggests that countries now exist in a world community where they must (a) create common values, (b) ensure that the collective interest of all people are considered in the management of international issues, and (c) develop multilateral mechanisms of governance that are effective. Therefore, Western organizations need to showcase virtues in order be accepted by the whole international community.


Galbraith, J. (1997). Designing the Global Corporation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Jreisat, J. (2004). Governance in a Globalizing World. International Journal of Public Administration. Vol. 27, No. 13 & 14, pp 1003-1029.

Lamy, P. (2006). Humanizing Globalization. International Trade Centre. Issue 1. pp 5-6.

© 2008 by Daryl D. Green