Topic 1 Cross-cultural Influences
In learning about different countries or cultures, it can be useful to get a sense of the belief systems that are key to a worldview. The unit Reading introduce a variety of cultures as it can be a challenge to understand the roots of these different perspectives and interactions.
Research on countries and cultures can be helpful in navigating cross-cultural influences and working as a part of a global culture.
“Professor Geert Hofstede conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture (“Geert Hoefstede,” 2015)” Using Hoefstede’s research as a guide, you will look into a country where you live or have lived, and compare the values in the survey with another country that interests you.
Use the Geert Hoefstede website to search for the values of your home country and another country.
Assume there will be a business transaction between yourself and someone from the other country you have selected. You will introduce one similarity and explain how this may be a benefit in this interaction. Then you will introduce one difference and analyze how it could lead to problems in understanding. What is the best way for people with this seeming incompatibility to overcome the differences and work toward a common goal?
“Geert Hoefstede,” 2015. Retrieved from
Gannon, Martin J., Pillai, Rajnandini K. Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical
Journeys Through 34 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity, 6th Edition. SAGE Publications, Inc, 03/2015. [Kaplan], Retrieved from https://kaplan.vitalsource.com/books/9781483340050/epubcfi/6/116!/4/2[s9781483398624.n36.i2215]/26[s9781483398624.i2223]/6[s9781483398624.i2224]/12/[email protected]:0