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Rhythms of an Academic's Life: Crossing Cultural Borders

Rhythms of an academic's life: Crossing cultural borders

Over the spans of their careers, many of my close colleagues in the United States and Europe moved from one university to another within their own countries. Unlike my colleagues, I have had one university, the Technion, as my base, from which I departed many times on sabbaticals that took me across cultural borders in search of theories and research methods. After being away for a while, however, I always returned to my home port. As I accumulated knowledge and experience, I discovered that my frequent crossing of cultural borders serves as a major factor in my understanding of human behavior. In this chapter I focus on three major themes ...

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