General Managers in the South Pacific
Dr. Reddy introduces the reader to the managerial environment of the island nations of the South Pacific and in so doing draws a vivid picture of the work situation for general managers in the said region. The perspective of ReddyAes work is decidedly non-European/non-American and therefore differs from most literature on this topic. The book presents an interesting study of mangersAe work in the islands of Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Tonga. The author traveled to all of these islands and studied managers in their own workspace, thus providing a firsthand impression of their situation. For those who work or intend to work in a managerial position in the islands of the South Pacific, Dr. Reddy emphasizes the importance of having an awareness and knowledge of local cultures. General Managers in the South Pacific provides advice and guidance in this regard. Dr. Narendra Reddy is coordinator of the Business Studies Programme at the School of Social and Economic Development, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
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AIM OF THE STUDY
SOUTH PACIFIC BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
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agriculture areas attitude Average duration Proportion business organisations chief executives co-operative companies copra countries cultural factors cultural focus Current Position decision economic employees extended family Fiji foreign formal four participants gift giving government-owned corporations hence Honiara I-Kiribati immediate subordinates impact important indigenous Fijian culture Indo-Fijian culture Kiribati largely major management practices Manager Manager Manager managerial managers and business managers spend matais Melanesians Mintzberg's managers Mintzberg's participants Nuku'alofa occupations operations overseas Pacific Island participants reported percent period of observation problems questionnaire ranking relatives respect responsibility Samoan scheduled secretaries sector social breaks society Solomon culture Solomon Islands South Pacific Island South Pacific region South Tarawa spent square kilometres staff visits statutory corporations structure supportive tion Tongan culture Total number tours traditional unscheduled meetings Vanuatu various visitors wantoks weeks of observation Western cultures western management Western Samoa Zealand