Developing Cultures: Case Studies by Lawrence E. Harrison, Peter Berger

By Lawrence E. Harrison, Peter Berger

Constructing Cultures: Case reviews is a set of 27 essays via a gaggle of best internationals students at the function of tradition and cultural switch within the evolution of nations and areas around the globe.

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Indd 11 11/16/2005 10:26:43 AM 12 Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. to reform institutions of local government. They soon substituted democratic processes for the autocratic rule of local chiefs. In 1963 Peter Fawcus invited the three political parties, the chiefs, and the whites to select three representatives each (the Asian community selected one) to a Constitutional Conference. The conference produced a draft constitution for self-rule; given Britain’s budgetary support, they left foreign affairs and finance to colonial authorities.

It shows that, with the exception of a greater valuation of masculinity (over femininity) by black managers compared to their white counterparts, black South African managers are in fact closer in their value systems to white South African managers than they are, for example, to mixed race (formerly known as Coloured) or Indian South African managers. Equally, as one interviewee noted, ubuntu provides no value system to guide how one functions in a company situation. For example, ubuntu might imply that one cannot fire an employee under any circumstances.

Over time, as government and its bureaucracy grew, some of the constructive practices of earlier years atrophied. The culture of open analysis has to some extent deteriorated. It is less common for junior officers, however talented, to meet with either senior civil servants or ministers. As a result, those with decision-making responsibility are not exposed to the full range of options. Ideas, observations, and proposals, good or bad, do not bubble up in the process, and those farther down in the organization are often not attuned to the concerns of the decision makers.

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