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The present project is a reflective essay, which would discuss on the concept of strategic management. The reflective essay would be divided into three different sections. Initially, the research would consider the topic underscored in week 7 modules, understanding the importance of intercultural communication. In section 2, the researcher would gather adequate secondary information related to intercultural business communication and conduct a literature review through reliable and trusted secondary sources. In the third section two different topics would be chosen, week 8, functions of internal organisational communicationand from week 10, interpersonal communication. In this specific section these two particular topics would be chosen keeping in mind the current industry demand and trends. Recently, employees who enable to maintain good behaviour and interpersonal relationship with others tend to gain a better appreciation and long-term benefits. Hence, both organizational and interpersonal communication act as the significant tools that facilitate employees in generating positive working relationship with its colleagues and maintain a good professional image. Hence, evaluating these two topics, herein, the researcher would discuss the future benefits he would derive in his professional career in next 5 years down the line through this evaluation. The thesis statement of this essay is importance of communication, plays the most important role for an individual to establish a good professional career. Moreover, the passage of time, organizations are introducing diversity, therefore, intercultural communication also becoming an important factor that can help the researcher to get along in the diversified culture.
Concept of Strategic Management: A Reflection
I believe that the business world is becoming enchantingly global, the call for effectual cross cultural communication is getting more necessary. Hence, as per my opinion, inter-cultural communication in an organization is playing a fundamental function in forming business partnerships, employee relations and international customers. However, inter cultural communication within organization necessitates full efforts, procedure and addressing dissimilar obstacles that usually avert interactions from being helpful (Mead & Jones, 2017). I consider that in an organization when communication is efficient the bond between team members get strong, which effectively reflects on team performance. It is difficult to support a work atmosphere that assists business and its customer requirements, whilst maintaining a firm unity and greater employee morale (Arvizu & Saravia-Shore, 2017). In a multination work environment, effective communication methods between employees can definitely set the foundation and tone for learning different cultural aspects. Efficient and supporting workforce indicates in creating a work atmosphere that supports diversity even by balancing the pressure of time, cost and management (Tjosvold, 2017). It is significant for an employee to identify the methods people use while communicating and make a decision across diverse cultural backgrounds. Even though it can be critical to interpreting certain behaviours and statements, yet, there needs to be effective emphasis placed on the context of acceptance and keeping an open mind. As per my belief, it would be an effective effort to initially comprehend and accept the differences between diversified team members. Each of the cultures carries their own strengths and weaknesses (Petersen, 2017). Based on which the positive sides of the members are required being used in assignments to get the desired results. In a similar way, the team members or leaders can also help the members to work on their weaknesses by giving suitable advice and inputs. We often become unaware of our own biases while placing our cultural assumptions and stereotype over others. This often increases the gap between team members, where several small groups are found getting formed with one main team (Thomas & Peterson, 2017). This raises insecurity and decreases team unity, which affects the final performance due to lack of understanding, partialities, different opinions, misunderstanding and biased judgements. Hence, creating business awareness with adequate diversity training helps employees to learn the techniques of gaining cultural mindfulness and respects the aspects of different cultures (Petersen, 2017). This would certainly encourage employees to be more flexible in adopting the trait of other cultures while communicating with the employees of diversified backgrounds. Presently, every organisation is aiming to expand their reach in the international market, therefore, diversity has become the main agenda every organisation is either introducing or planning to implement in the system (Kittler, 2018). Thus, employees have no other choice but to be culturally sound to be flexible with the norms and style of another ethnicity to evolve alongside the organisation. Every employee has the desire to not only being accepted but also being valued by their organisation (Kinloch & Metge, 2014). Hence, by attentively listening to the concerns and opinions of others would definitely enlighten about other morals, which would assist them to feel more confident to serve the organisation by contributing equally to a team.
It has been stated by Luthans & Doh (2018) that besides forming efficient communication within the organisation, conveying interests to know the lifestyle of employees outside the office can certainly form strong interpersonal relations. On the other hand, Mead & Jones (2017) argued that excessive engagement between employees regarding outside working environment can lead to a negative discussion, which often engages employees in a negative discussion. Employees form their informal group outside the office and show too much involvement in the grapevine that builds out of gossip (Cross, 2017). This leads to creating misunderstanding, partially and misjudgements, which creates a negative impact on team performance as a whole. Therefore, it is important for employees to understand the line that needs to be drawn between their conversation to maintain a healthy working atmosphere and utilise each others' strong points in performances.
According to Warren (2017), effectual in-house communications in the ethnically diverse culture indicates the ability to exchange and sharing of ideas on the basis of mutual respect, awareness and integrity. The inclusion of suitable diversity training with the purpose of improving communication in a working environment is reciprocally helpful for resources and the organization that ensures a greater degree of productivity and return on investment. With the rising of globalisation, it is essential for businesses to develop and organise suitable cross cultural communication process (Qadir, 2015). Workplace diversity can certainly establish more opportunities than threats if applied with proper comprehensions. It also focuses on the fact of recruiting employees who are more consciously aware of cultural diversity and are ready to embrace in a positive manner to surface its opportunities (Rosales, 2017). This would automatically help the management of any organisation to carry its diversity plan with supportive resources that are enthusiastic about the concept and can readily assist with the valuable inputs when required. Hence, the change of smooth operation with the specific set of motivated employee benefits would help management to create a steady diversified working environment with short time span, where employees would be ready to work with different cultures and exchange each other’s ideas and opinions to improve the performance standard bar (Brink & Costigan, 2015).
In a similar manner, I also believe that inter-organisational communication would also be efficient for me to learn to maintain a healthy working relationship with my employees and leaders. Communication is the foremost aspects that can help an employee to place his individual idea and also to understand the viewpoint of others. Hence, it is relatively important for me to maintain a good communication with the other resources in my organisation to maintain a good influence on them. Moreover, I have recognised the fact that industry is changing with rapid pace, which is enforcing organisations to continuously change its business models and decisions. This is relatively affecting the employees, where they are asked to learn the new techniques of new models. Herein, employees are facing major difficulties, where they are either failing to learn the technique of new models or they are not being vocal enough to raise their queries related to the new structures. This where internal communication gets useful, I would definitely polish my communication skills and be vocal with my opinions at every single time. Since I would be a part for the frequently changing industry dynamics; therefore, I would always keep my points clear before my colleagues and leaders to gain a deeper insight into any changing business models. This would help me to adopt the new system and work as per requirements. At the similar point of time, interpersonal communication also would help me to build a stable career in my organisation. I would try to maintain an assertive communication with the leaders and be ready to give my inputs in any given tasks that can improve the outcome of a given assignment. This would also make a refined contribution to the problem-solving process as well.
Based on the discussion and analysis as undertaken by me in the preceding sections of the essay, I may derive the conclusion regarding the learning achieved by me throughout the given course from the reading and going through the different aspects of studies of strategic management. The essay has derived an authentic conclusion by discussing the three different communication processes, cross cultural, organisational and interpersonal communication. The evidence and facts discussed in the previous section effectively justified the framed thesis stamen, which is communication plays the major vital role for an employee to develop and retain a superior professional career. Hence, I believe the above discussed all communication methods would help me to evolve in my professional career and maintain stability in next 5 years down the line. Finally, it may be concluded that the strategic management may be considered to be one of the most success critical aspects of business studies as the same may include the considerations of several internal and external factors of the business while planning for the business. I have gained the relevant knowledge from the course readings and relevant materials and will be able to apply the same in the future career.
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