Why mindfulness at work matters

Mindfulness is linked to motivation and can help your productivity // We’re often overwhelmed at work, which can actually reduce our efficacy. This is where mindfulness comes in. So, what exactly is mindfulness? It’s the ability to remain focused on the task at hand while, importantly, also remaining flexible. Essentially, it helps to think inContinue reading “Why mindfulness at work matters”

The use of leader humor in the East and West

When and how to use humor in East Asia and North America // Research on humor generally tends to assume that the use of humor by a leader towards his or her subordinates has positive effects and is widely regarded as an indicator of the leader having likable characteristics. This is likely untrue for otherContinue reading “The use of leader humor in the East and West”


非正式网络被视为一种有益于个体、公司以及整个社会的积极活动,但非正式网络也可能导致共谋、拉帮结派、任人唯亲以及其他形式的不道德或腐败行为——这主要与新兴市场的研究有关。迄今为止,非正式网络的建设、文化交融以及发展并没有成为国际管理和组织研究的焦点,这是本期特刊试图解决的一个问题。这期特刊有助于更好地理解非正式网络的动态性与矛盾性,即同一网络存在不同的运作模式,且间歇或同时存在正反两面。我们论证了非正式网络运行的背景,强调了其复杂性,并鼓励来自不同国家的非正式网络学者展开对话。采用基于环境和比较的视角,我们以更加整合和平衡的方式将非正式网络概念化。在特定文化背景下,以西方价值观、社会结构和行为理念为视角,理解被熟知的 guanxi, yongo, jentinho, wasta 和blat这类非正式网络的运作方式,并检验西方中心的假定、叙述和理论。正如本期特刊所描述的,由于非正式网络是众多国家进行业务往来的传统方式,因此界定非正式网络光明面(积极面)与黑暗面(消极面)对跨国公司的负责任的管理和商业成功至关重要。 More here:Horak, S., Afiouni, F., Bian, Y., Ledeneva, A., Muratbekova-Touron, M., & Fey, C. F. (2020). Informal Networks: Dark Sides, Bright Sides, and Unexplored Dimensions. Management and Organization Review, 16(3), 511-542. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/mor.2020.28

Informal networks in international business

The dark and bright sides of informal networks // While the coordination of business activities through interpersonal ties and networks has been researched in the management and organization studies, using informal networks for managing and organizing in an international context is a rather new research field. Informal networks, known variously as guanxi (China), old boyContinue reading “Informal networks in international business”

Collaboration yin-yang style: Six management paradigms to increase organizational performance

How the yin-yang perspective dissolves the power and trust paradox and leads to collaborative business relationships // It becomes increasingly visible that to a lesser extend single companies but international supply networks, or meta-organizations, will increasingly compete with each other in the future. The governance of these networks poses new challenges to focal firms asContinue reading “Collaboration yin-yang style: Six management paradigms to increase organizational performance”

Access denied – When informal networks limit expatriate effectiveness

The inability to integrate into informal networks when doing business abroad can become a risk for the organization // Owing to increased business activities by multinational corporations (MNCs) as well as to the further opening of new and large overseas markets (e.g., China, India, Brazil), the use of the expatriate manager has steadily increased withinContinue reading “Access denied – When informal networks limit expatriate effectiveness”