All media communication is contextual, but the contexts aren't always clear
So be careful
What makes people want to show up at work?
Communication and Culture in the Workplace
What is culture and why should we care?
The changing cultural mix of a melting pot culture.
Language, learning, and interpretation
Gender, religion, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status
Customs, rituals, norms, and behavior
An invisible (to you) difference that makes a difference
When does culture matter in business?
When you are oblivious to cultural differences
Expected behavior, starting with dress
Formality and informality
Orientation to time and relationships
High context versus low context (Tolerance of conflict)
Individualism versus collectivism
Task versus social orientation
Short versus long term orientation
What are the implications of cultural diversity?
Loss of trust
How can we transcend cultural differences in business?
Get literate on other cultures
Seek opportunities in diversity
Avoid ethnocentrism and condescension
How does organizational culture differ from culture in general?
What kinds of cultural variations do we find in business?
Sociability and Supportiveness
Power distribution and job autonomy
Structure (defined roles, policies and procedures)
Rewards and opportunities
Tolerance for risk and change
Tolerance for disagreement
How do you choose, create, and maintain an organizational culture?
Consistency and tolerance
Myths and legends
Rituals and Labeling
How can you plan your career in the face of organizational culture?
Learn about the company
Any time you take an interview, you are interviewing the company
In building a business relationship which time is more beneficial between Monochromic to polychromic?
How does a business woman go about being taken seriously when working with cultures that generally fit women into gender roles that aren't conducive to business?
Do you think that with the advent of the internet and the ease of world-wide communication, that one day there will be a more universal business culture that will make the rules of engagement somewhat easier to navigate?
My current supervisor is an Asian who mixes both High & Low Context - she requires the western approach from me while herself, uses the Chinese approach. She asks if i understand, putting the responsibility on me while herself being as vague and indirect as possible. Is there a hybrid/mix of cultures producing a mid-context?
What is the best way to confront issues with coworkers?
How do you make other feel most comfortable when your cultures clash?
Can a black person who was fired from a big corporation because he was not qualified win a law suit claiming that his dismissal was based on racial preferences rather than poor performance.
Can a company hire people from different backgrounds and different identities just to gain a culturally diverse image. Is it an ethical behavior?
Would America be considered a short term orientation or possibly a hybrid?
In places like Miami where two thirds of the population are Hispanics, do you think embracing this diversity could see the city losing its own cultural identity?
In countries where men are preferred during substantial negotiations, how is Hillary Clinton as the US Secretary of State viewed? Her position certainly outranks many male heads of government worldwide.
As for Chapter 2 when the textbook talks about the " Dimensions of Organizational Culture " between Theories X and Y, is there is good medium in between the two theories?
Does a cultural avoidance of conflict, such as in China, create more problems in business communication than it avoids?
Is there anything an executive woman can do when going to countries where there is a gender gap to be treated with more respect?
Is it safe to say that it is rather acceptable for us to all be condescending..we all have a motive when asking a question weather it be to get an answer or confirm your suspicion/s...
What are other ways of learning about other cultures aside from visiting them and interacting with the people?
The book talks about communicating across diversity in specifics such as become culturally literate/avoid ethnocentrism/create dialogue,etc..., can those be possible solutions for stereotypes as well?
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