Negotiating the Corporate landscape in India can be quite challenging and intimidating for an ExPat executive. In several cases ExPat employees are expected to move to India, find housing, get their children into school, deal with settlement and adaptation issues for their spouse, deal with a completely different environment at work with major cultural differences. Gaining a keen understanding of the local culture is very essential to success of the ExPat but also to have the foreign assignment turn into a pleasant and rewarding experience that will serve as a good addition their Resume. Navistree in conjunction with Global Relocation assistance companies has provided such Training sessions and continues to be a resource that ExPat's can tap into on a ongoing basis for matters relating to Corporate Culture and Adaptation. The following is a list of topics that are relevant to the Corporate landscape.
Business Structure and Architecture:
- At what organizational level are decisions made?
- How is “accountability” measured?
- How hierarchical are Country organizations?
- How does power tend to be distributed - formally and informally?
- Are there formalized job descriptions and clearly-defined roles?
Business Communication and Knowledge management
- Ways in which information is shared throughout an organization
- Communication of the corporate vision, mission, and goals
Business Networking and Relationship-Building
- Importance of social and political networks for effectively conducting business
- Strategies to establish and maintain these networks
- Building trust
- What are some specifics to keep in mind when it comes to Negotiations?
- Tips for increasing assignee’s negotiating skills
Management Styles and Tools:
- What types of management styles are effective?
- What are the expectations from a “good” manager? What are the expectations from subordinates?
- What inter-group, interpersonal and individual norms are encouraged?
- How are recruiting, hiring and promotion decisions made?
- Where does top management come from?
- How does career development, succession planning, etc. work?
- What skills are valued/rewarded in employees/managers?
- How does training/development take place? How is it perceived by employees?
- What is the preferred leadership style, for example, highly authoritarian, rigid, egalitarian, etc.?
- What competencies are sought for in teamwork? What are the responsibilities of team members?
- Describe the ideal subordinate-manager relationship from the standpoint of the subordinate and from the standpoint of the manager
- Compare subordinate expectations of his/her international manager to their expectation of a local manager
- Describe what motivates local nationals in the workplace
Feedback and Development
- Describe the feedback process in the host culture
- Approach to staff development
- Preferred methods of training and expected training outcomes
- Level in most organizations at which decisions are made
- Describe the process for making decisions using specific examples
- Keys characteristics for a well functioning team in the host culture
- Key attributes/characteristics of a good team member