International Corporate Responsibility Series

Volume 4, 2009

A Survey of International Corporate Responsibility

Adli Juwaidah, Ruksana Banu
Pages 267-288

Management Style and Decisions from the Perspective of Cultural Differences
A Study with Special Reference to the Sultanate of Oman

It is common today that organizations have their own distinctive cultures, even in cases when they may not have willfully attempted to create them. Rather, cultures have most likely been created unconsciously, forced by the values of top level managers, the founder, or core people who have built or direct the organization. Leaders frequently attempt to change the culture of their organizations to suit their own preferences. The resulting culture will influence the decision-making process, market demand, and nature of the business. It affects management styles and what everyone determines as success. This study is an attempt to discover how culture influences management styles and decisions, with special reference to the local environment in Oman.