I would advice you to go through the 'Human Resource management' 2002 Sprng issue. This particular issue of the journal is about best practices in IHRM in 10 countries.
Although some of the motivations are universal like money, recognition etc but there are many which are influenced by the cultural context of the country.
In India, a warm, affectionate and sometime authoritarian leader is the a source of motivation. India is largely a collectivist/relationship oriented country, managers use this sometime honestly and somtime tacitly also to motivate people.
As far as recruitment and selection in India is concerned, it is different in different market segment. For example, What IT industry does is different from what is practiced in manufacturing industry.
Same is true of training and development and other HR issues.
Anyway what do you do?
I hope u got some idea.
26th January 2007 From India, Delhi
Most Indian orgs have a "follow by example " philosophy. Motivated leadership is the calling cue for the younger employees. While some firms have strongly adopted the Mentor and Mentoree concept some also create long term Buddy programs to make the initiation and transition easier while the skip levels help maintain transparency.
Of late a lot of companies are also seen evaluating the potential employees based on MBTI or a PI or DISK profiling to find the right fits both for the job and also froma team perspective .Creating a balanced team ensures longevity of all working relationships.
But yes Dave the Indian work scenario is fairly warm and casual too no matter how corporate, the environment may seem teams and lines of bunisness work as close Units .
However attrition is the ugly truth of the growing economy .Warm climate at work is the seeming shield.
26th January 2007 From India, Mumbai
Answering Ghazi's question: I am a student at the University of Economics in Katowice (southern Poland) and I'm supposed to write a thesis concerning the differences in ONE of the mentioned fields between two countries. After having read your posts I decided to focus on the Indian/Polish motivation processes, which seem to be really interesting.
Any other relevant info on this matter is welcomed ;)
Thanks once again!
27th January 2007 From Poland, Sosnowiec
Once done it does give a graphical cut on the individuals natural tendencies ,applicability to the job ,the fitment his or her positives and negatives and sort of helps anticipate certain behaviors.
having got a DISK done on me i can say it was as accurate as possible -infact some home truth was so astoudnng it took me days to accept i was indeed like that .i'd say it as close, close gets.
Will help hiring ,profiling and also L& D.
27th January 2007 From India, Mumbai
this is just a short project written at the end of the semester in order to get a credit from "Cross-cultural communication in International Business". I'm supposed to impersonate the boss of a HRM team, which is going to be send to a different country to take care of human resources. My task is to point out all the important disparities in motivation processes in a form of a memo for my empolyees, so that work could be organized smoothly. I realize that it may sound funny, but well...it's an educating experience.
I need to admit that I'm considering writing my Master's Degree thesis (which is next year) on a subject connected with HRM and then I might try developing some tool/questionnaire for that. Visiting India would be an amazing experience ;)
28th January 2007 From Poland, Sosnowiec