Culture Issues in Management - Fijian Culture Essay example

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Fijian Culture Part 2

A Paper Presented To
Dr.

In partial fulfillment of the requirements of
MGMT, Culture And Gender Issues In Management

University of
College of Business and Public Management

October 18, 2010
Introduction

The Fijian culture is one of great diversity, rooted in a number of contributing ethical backgrounds. Indigenous Fijian, Indian, European, Chinese, and various cultures from neighboring Pacific islands donate to the Fiji that exists today. From the times of Captain William Bligh in 1789, the first settlers, shipwrecked sailors and runaway convicts from the penal colony of Australia, to the colonization of Fiji by the British in 1874, many a custom and tradition
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For example, I have the opportunity to work with a Fijian native that has individualized himself and joined the United States Navy. Asked what influenced him to do so, Petty Officer Alvinesh Jit says he “was encouraged by his family to move to America and explore what education and experiences were available.” Petty Officer Jit has since married, raised 3 children, and advanced to the ranks of a First Class Logistics Specialist in the United States Navy.
Power Distance “Power distance reflects the distance to which less powerful members of an organization accept an unequal distribution of power” (Adler, 54). This may have been a driving force in the early history of the Fijian culture, but a more Democratic sense has been adopted over the more recent years. As far back as the 1600’s, Fijian clans rivaled against each other, often resulting in warfare. In the early 1800’s, travelers introduced weapons, making the fighting between the Fijians even more deadly. In 1970, Fiji proclaimed its independence, and suffered many upsets from military coups. Racial tension drives the upset, stemming from the uneven distribution of power between native cultures and the Indian influence present in the Fijian. Democracy prevails; but even until 2006, upset prevails, showing that “the situation is anything more than stable (Fiji Information, 1999).
Uncertainty Avoidance Uncertainty Avoidance reflects the extent to which people in a society feel threatened by

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