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Local Management Practices

You are vice president of operations for a U.S.-based software firm that is exploring building a software-design operation in India. Typically when international firms enter the Indian market, they quickly learn how a caste system can affect business activities. Although officially banned, the caste system still dictates everyday life for many people in India. You are confident regarding the likelihood of business success there, but you have strong misgivings about the caste system.

Do you think it will be possible to import and uphold a U.S. management style in India despite lingering effects of the caste system?

How do you think your company’s stakeholders would feel about your company simply adjusting to local management practices?