Do you ever talk about culture shock? Are you responsible for helping those relocating abroad or returning from an overseas assignment? In that work, do you reference the U-curve or the W-curve?
If so, your approach has some fatal flaws according to many academics (Pedersen, Berry) and practitioners, and has been completely rejected by others (Ward), as is explained in some depth in Kate Berardo’s research (Luton Business School, University of Befordshire UK).
Exposure to new cultures and to multicultural social networks and teams is more likely to have positive consequences if those involved have been properly trained to understand and appreciate fundamental cultural differences and values that ...
... (DMIS) as first conceived by Dr. Milton Bennett, the IDI, now owned by IDI, LLC led by Dr. Mitchell Hammer, provides a baseline and a structure for understanding how we think about cultural differences and similarities.
If you want to achieve a major goal, conventional wisdom says to think positive. Picture yourself delivering the perfect presentation, and absorb the energy of the audience. Envision the ideal job
Dianne Hofner Saphiere's insight:
I really love this article, shared with us by Hana Bencikova. You may know I'm very interested in the cultural differences between "positivism" and "kvetching," for lack of better terms. I feel that fatalism/realism/"negativism" are far under-valued in this world of ours. Having not grown up or lived in such a culture for lengthy periods, I lack personal expertise, but feel confident in its assets nonetheless.
The swastika is sadly a symbol of genocide and the Holocaust for many; something to be reviled. There was an unsuccessful effort to ban the use of the swastika in the European Union. Seeing this symbol can bring forth indescribable pain and outrage for many people.
Swastika is a Sanskrit word, a religious symbol of good fortune used by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and others worldwide. It can be seen in the art of the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Celts, Native Americans, and Persians as well.
Are these questions asked in your company /organization? —————————————— How can we build good working relationships across cultures? How can I avoid offending people from a different culture? When I travel abroad, should I adapt to 'their' culture?
Our natural--and appropriate--instinct is to seek specific information when we are going to a specific place. Who among us, assigned to Bangalore, would not read everything we could find about India? This is certainly necessary, but unfortunately not sufficient. Without understanding culture in general, we may find ourselves with an insufficiently stocked toolkit, unable to handle many of the tasks at hand.
In the field of intercultural training, this contrast is described by the terms "culture general" and "culture specific." Culture general simply refers to frameworks that provide a perspective for comparing and contrasting cultures. Since these frameworks are based on abstract categories from anthropology, intercultural communication, linguistics, and organizational psychology, they do not refer to any particular cultures, but rather provide general categories that facilitate our exploration of values, beliefs, and behaviors in any culture.