Cross-cultural Management, Hybrid Manager

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Cross-cultural Management, Hybrid Manager
Rolf Schlunze , Teacher, Japan

Hybrid manager = intercultural competent managers.

First tier global cities become more significant as translators and mediators of information in the world city network, second tier cities become less strategically important.
Within the global city network new spaces of global business become visible. In global cities new international platforms of technology and business exchange are created. Economic geographers see the world city as a centre of translation and calculation in a world-wide network of heterogeneous flows.
From the perspective of management geography, the world city itself is perceived as a heterogeneous assemblage of practices, materials and actors drawn from within and without the city limits. Services and production are vitally circulating between first and second tier global cities. In second tier centers of the global city network international managers embed their practices more at the local level then in first tier cities, while they are forced to follow global trends.
Thrift (2000) sees first tier actors as 'fast managerial subjects' who are under increasing pressure of the accelerating globalization process. We observed that global management practices correlate with locational preferences of a 'mobile elite' of an executive class.
Therefore, we became more interested to shift our focus on the behavioral aspects of location decision making by investigating the interconnectedness of these issues. The resulting challenges for urban economic space and its inhabitants are the research objective of our research group. .

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