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It is hard to think of a part of the world that has not been touched by globalisation. From 'Big Macs' in Moscow to Blockbuster video in Beijing, the world seems less distant, and 24-hour-a-day news makes foreign places more familiar. This free course, Managing local practices in global contexts, examines the dimensions of globalisation and the processes that connect people together.
After studying this unit you should be capable of thinking critically about and be able to comment on:
- processes by which local practices are situated within their wider contexts;
- dimensions of globalisation;
- the nature and significance of institutional rules of practice;
- some differences between managing knowledge-generating practices in Anglo-American, Japanese and Chinese contexts;
- implications of managing through multiple rationalities.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The management of local knowledge-generating practices
- 2 The dimensions of globalisation
- 3 Institutional rules of practice
- 4 Rational solutions
- 5 Postmodern rationalities
- 6 Conclusion
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Managing local practices in global contexts
This unit looks at the management of local knowledge-generating practices. You will explore the processes that link practices to global contexts and learn to identify the key dimensions of globalisation and explore the implications for knowing how to ‘do things’ in a variety of contexts. You will go on to compare the approaches to managing and organising, based on universally applicable principles, with context-specific rationalities and look at how viable interpretations of reality might be contructed from a variety of different perspectives.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of postgraduate study in
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Business Studies courses or view the range of currently available OU Business Studies courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 4th July 2013
Last updated on: Thursday, 4th July 2013
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