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Transformation of global leadership guidelines to the local context in Thailand

Transformation of global leadership guidelines to the local context in Thailand

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  • ISBN-13: 9783656767145
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag GmbH
  • Release Date: Oct 14, 2014
  • Pages: 84 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.27 x 5.83 inches


Bachelor Thesis from the year 2014 in the subject Business economics - Business Management, Corporate Governance, grade: 1,3, Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences, language: English, abstract: Thailand is an important business hub within Southeast Asia. Global corporations that enter the Thai market are confronted by different cultural values, behaviors and expectations. This is especially challenging for leadership as corporate values and behaviors have to be transferred to the local staff. Leadership guidelines are an instrument to align the corporate leadership values to local employees. In order to be relevant in the local context, the global guidelines have to be transformed. This thesis subsequently aims to answer the question as to how global leadership guidelines can be transformed to the local context in Thailand. To answer the research question qualitatively, guided expert interviews were conducted with managers in Thailand to identify cultural implications for leadership. The material was then analyzed by content analyses and interpreted by linking it to relevant literature. The research identified several implications for the content and development of guidelines. As for the content, it became clear that the face saving-value in Thailand requires increased sensitivity for reprimanding subordinates. Leaders are required to take an interest in personal matters of subordinates. Also, they should regularly follow up with them. Furthermore, subordinates prefer guidance on how to reach goals. Another major finding is that leadership guidelines should facilitate a familial and harmonious environment. For motivating employees, it became clear that Thai staff members are motivated by social aspects and the need for esteem whereas self-actualization is less important. Taking this finding into consideration, it is proposed that guidelines for transformation be suggested accordingly. This requires introducing detailed descriptions and to rephrasing

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