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Article: Managing across cultures: The experiences of three Hong Kong academic library directors

TitleManaging across cultures: The experiences of three Hong Kong academic library directors
Authors
KeywordsChina
Hong Kong
Librarians
Library management
Management styles
National cultures
Issue Date2007
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/lm.htm
Citation
Library Management, 2007, v. 28 n. 4-5, p. 213-223 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose - The purpose of this paper is to present the experiences of three western librarians in adapting their management styles for working and living in a new culture. Design/methodology/approach - Three university library directors who have been working as expatriates in Hong Kong for 2 to 18 years were asked to comment on their own personal experiences in moving to a new culture, a new language environment, and new management challenges. Findings - Moving to a new culture can be difficult for the expatriate and his family but work environments have many similarities. Developing an understanding of the local professional culture and working within is vital to success. Practical implications - The paper presents some guidelines for librarians who may be seeking a career abroad. Originality/value - There is very little literature on librarians, particularly those in management, who have chosen to continue their careers abroad. This paper provides first-hand experiences and demonstrates that librarianship shares a certain commonality and that management skills can be adapted to new cultures.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90432
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.642
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dc.contributor.authorFerguson, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNesta, Fen_HK
dc.contributor.authorStorey, Cen_HK
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dc.date.available2010-09-06T10:10:29Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationLibrary Management, 2007, v. 28 n. 4-5, p. 213-223en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0143-5124en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90432-
dc.description.abstractPurpose - The purpose of this paper is to present the experiences of three western librarians in adapting their management styles for working and living in a new culture. Design/methodology/approach - Three university library directors who have been working as expatriates in Hong Kong for 2 to 18 years were asked to comment on their own personal experiences in moving to a new culture, a new language environment, and new management challenges. Findings - Moving to a new culture can be difficult for the expatriate and his family but work environments have many similarities. Developing an understanding of the local professional culture and working within is vital to success. Practical implications - The paper presents some guidelines for librarians who may be seeking a career abroad. Originality/value - There is very little literature on librarians, particularly those in management, who have chosen to continue their careers abroad. This paper provides first-hand experiences and demonstrates that librarianship shares a certain commonality and that management skills can be adapted to new cultures.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/lm.htmen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofLibrary Managementen_HK
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectLibrariansen_HK
dc.subjectLibrary managementen_HK
dc.subjectManagement stylesen_HK
dc.subjectNational culturesen_HK
dc.titleManaging across cultures: The experiences of three Hong Kong academic library directorsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailFerguson, A: ferguson@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.spage213en_HK
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