The European Space Agency is a multinational company (MNC), comprised of 15 European member states, whose mission is to shape Europe's space mission achievements, and to ensure that investment in space benefits the people of the European member states. The European Space Agency achieves this by undertaking programmes and activities that require co-ordination of financial and intellectual resources of a magnitude that no single European could match on its own. The ESA's projects are designed to find out more about the Earth, its immediate surrounding space environment, the solar system and the universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and promote European industries. The ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe to share the benefits of outer space with the whole of mankind .
[...] The budget for the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2002 was 2852 million Euros. To justify this kind of funding, ESA's scientists, engineers, information technology specialists and administrative personnel are an elite, which was 1898 strong in the year 2002. The European Space Agency is a multinational company (MNC) comprised of 15 European member states, whose mission is to shape Europe's space capabilities and to ensure that investment in space benefits the people of these European member states. It achieves this by undertaking programmes and activities that require coordination of financial and intellectual resources of a magnitude that no single European could match on its own. [...]
[...] This has an impact on all participating countries. Naturally, at a quick glance there are different flavours of working attitude in between the specific departments, due to the natural distinction. For example, a highly skilled engineer deals with challenges in a different way than administrative personnel. What differentiates the subcultures in their respective departments is their working style and their approach in addressing the but always agreeing on the ESA's values, beliefs and norms have even gone so far as to affect contracting companies to work hand-in-hand with all members of ESA towards a common objective. [...]
[...] Germany: German worth ethic generally has a highly formal structure. It is common to address one another with "Sie" (the formal way of addressing someone with unless they know one another outside the workplace. However, addressing colleagues with "Sie" is still preferred in public amongst business people. Austria: For Austrian people punctuality is very important and meetings have to be set a long time in advance. Switzerland: Expatriates should be aware of the traditional antipathy between the country's German- and French-speakers. [...]
[...] L'Agence Spatiale Européenne ESA Index Introduction 1. Presentation of the Company: Description of Organisational Context 2. Identification of the Different Nationalities and Analysis of the Influence and Contrasts 3. Values, Beliefs and Norms of the Company 1 Mission of the European Space Agency I. Values of the European Space Agency II. The Beliefs of the European Space Agency III. Do Members by these Values IV. Differences between Departments and Countries V. Norms of Behaviour VI. ESA's Vision for Future Projects 4. [...]
[...] They are also not meant to accept any honours or to be a member of any political party. However, they may vote in their country, but should not participate in any public actions, such as demonstrations. One might say it is a trade-off where you have to make sacrifices but gain a lot of hygiene factors among them a strong identification with ESA in return. These norms of behaviour again follow the same pattern as the companies beliefs, since this strong link to ESA also means a strong link and a willingness to work for the benefits of Europe for exclusively peaceful purposes. [...]
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