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This new edition of Intercultural Interactions presents a fully updated set of training materials which have been developed to form the basis of a variety of cross-cultural orientation programmes. These materials are based on the assumption that there are commonalities, or similar personal experiences, when people live and work in cultures other than their own. More comprehensive in scope than its predecessor, the Second Edition also contains a practical new user's guide, and its expanded coverage draws readers in with more vivid scenarios and examples reflecting changing world events and social milieu.
Chapter 7: The Workplace
Various types of work assignments bring people into contact with other cultures. The physical appearance of the workplace is very often similar regardless of its location. People can generally find some familiar artifacts in classrooms, office buildings, embassies, farms, and factories. Because of these familiar aspects, people sometimes feel that the behaviors that take place in these locations will also be similar. But just a few days' experience usually brings a confrontation with real cultural differences concerning such matters as punctuality, control over resources, decision making, sex roles, or relations with colleagues. Because many people identify the success of their entire sojourns with success in their work, they should be aware of the wide range of culturally influenced issues they will encounter ...