Project #84784 - Discussion Responces

These are 4 discussion responses need 100 word count and in text cite where need be. APA format no cover sheet needed 

1.Great post. Please research and share your findings about some corporate blunders caused by lack of cultural knowledge on the part of the managers of some of the multinational companies. Well done. Thank you.

 
2.

Goob for posting correct responses to the discussion questions. Please research and give examples of sociocultural habits in other foreign countries that are different from U.S. culture. Please share your findings. Thank you.

 

3.How does culture affect the process of attribution in communication? Share some examples from your own experiences either at the workplace or in personal life.

In attribution, we are looking to explain another person’s behavior as we try to analyze the communication taking place. Often when there is confusion, individuals “blame their confusion of the other’s stupidity, deceit, or craziness” (Deresky, 2014, p. 114). I think we often get stuck in the mentality that how we do things is the best way and others are wrong; frequently this comes across in our attitude as we interact with others. I remember the first time I met my then-boyfriend’s grandmother. She liked me…until she found out I was a yankee. For the rest of the day, all I heard about was the war of northern aggression. Eventually, she grew to like me, but it took time for me to overcome her label of a yankee. Often I think there is a stereotype that all northerners are rude and fast paced. On the flipside, I was equally guilty (before I moved here) of thinking that most southerners were uneducated rednecks. Words in the south do not have the same meaning or connotation that they do in the north. People used to make fun of me for the way that I spoke and likewise, I couldn’t understand some of the words people said down here. It definitely took some time to adjust and learn the cultural differences of the South.

What are other factors that facilitate or limit adaption to the host country? Assume that you are an expatriate sent to work in the country that you selected for your research project.

Factors such as attitudes, social organization, thought patterns, roles, language, nonverbal communication, and time often are factors that can limit adaptation to a host country (Deresky, 2014, p. 116). I picked the United Kingdom for my research project. One cultural note that I have found is simply the difference between “British” and “English”. British people are people from England, Scotland, Wales, or Ireland. English are those just from England. If you were to call someone from Scotland “English”, it would be very derogatory (UK, n.d.). The British class system is still together and is not just about wealth, now it also encompasses “demeanor, accent, manners and comportment” (UK). Additionally, British people do not speak with superlatives and they are not very animated when speaking. Public displays of affection are also frowned upon.  They are well known for being a reserved people and value privacy (UK).

 

References

Deresky, H. (2014). International management: managing across borders and cultures. (8th ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

 

UK - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette. (n.d.). Retrieved September 30, 2015, from http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/uk.html

 

4.1) How does culture affect the process of attribution in communication? Share some examples from your own experiences either at the workplace or in personal life. 

Culture can affect the process of attribution in communication in that the intended meaning of the communication is not received properly. “Attribution is the process in which people look for an explanation of another person’s behavior” (Deresky, 2014, p. 113). One example that comes to mind from my personal life is when I first started dating my husband. He would always walk to the passenger side of the car and open the door for me. This wasn’t something that I was used to in previous relationships, so I attempted explaining his behavior to myself. I thought, it must be the way he was raised or maybe he is up to something. However, he is just a gentleman and was simply communicating that fact to me.

2) What are other factors that facilitate or limit adaption to the host country? Assume that you are an expatriate sent to work in the country that you selected for your research project. 

There are several cultural variables that can facilitate or limit adaption to the host country. Miscommunication is more likely to occur between people from different cultures than from people of similar backgrounds (Deresky, 2014, p. 138). These include: “attitudes, social organization, thought patterns, roles, language (spoken or written), nonverbal communication (including kinesic behavior, proxemics, paralanguage, and object language), and time” (p. 115). In addition, “the context in which the communication takes place affects the meaning and interpretation of the interaction” (p. 127).

Reference

Deresky, H. (2014). International management: Managing across borders and cultures (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

 

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