ERIC Number: ED343248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan-26
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The Culture of the Workplace in Botswana: Implications for Management Training and Research.
Pfau, Richard H.
Information about the values of workers in Botswana is provided in this paper in order to formulate a basis for more effective management education, research, and practice. Questionnaires were administered to 158 persons from Botswana (i.e., Batswana) who attended the Institute of Development Management (IDM) during 1985-89. Their responses were compared to those who attended courses between 1987 and 1990: 35 IDM students from Lesotha (Basotho), 30 IDM students from Swaziland (Swazi), and 31 American Peace Corp trainees. Responses given by persons from Botswana, Lesotha, and Swaziland differed from those of Americans with regard to perceptions of an ideal job, managerial preferences, power distance, individualism/collectivism, and interpersonal relationships. Given the differences between Americans and Batswana in individualism, power distance, and several other values, the relevance of some American management theories for Botswana is doubtful. A conclusion is that research is needed to make management education and practice more congruent with the realities of cultural value systems within Botswana and other African countries. Eight tables making up more than half the document provide summary responses to questions on the survey form. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Botswana Educational Research Association (Gaborone, Botswana, January 1991).