The impact of managerial skills on employee outcomes: a cross cultural study

Richard C. Hoffman, Frank M. Shipper
  • The International Journal of Human Resource Management, April 2012, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2011.581635

Do managerial skills differ among cultures?

What is it about?

Leaders with global skills are in demand by MNCs. Global management skills depend on the applicability of management practices across cultures. Using data from managers in 50 countries, this study examines the interaction effect of cultural values and managerial skills on two outcomes, employees’ attitudes and workgroup effectiveness. Our results indicate that cultural values tend to have a greater effect when a manager is less skilled than when the manager is highly skilled. When the manager is highly skilled, the interaction effects of culture tend to disappear. The practical and research implications of these findings are discussed.

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