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Two nations, two cultures? Britain is divided by the Trent, not the Tweed

Two nations, two cultures? Britain is divided by the Trent, not the Tweed | Social Media | Scoop.it
Campaigners for Scottish independence kid themselves that Scotland and England have distinct political cultures. In fact the similarities are acute.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:45 AM

I do love the quaintly naive notion that devolution was born of a desire to reform the British state rather than of a wish to preserve its structures of power and privilege in the face of challenges from genuinely progressive forces.

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When Crossing Cultures, Use Global Dexterity

When Crossing Cultures, Use Global Dexterity | Social Media | Scoop.it
Just knowing the cultural differences isn't enough.

 

Picture the following: Greg O'Leary, a 32-year-old mid-level manager, is in Shanghai for the first time to negotiate a critical deal with a distributor. To prepare himself for the trip, Greg has learned some key cultural differences between China and the U.S. — about how important deference and humility are in Chinese culture, and how Chinese tend to communicate more indirectly than Americans do. He also has learned about how important it is in China to respect a person's public image or "face." Finally, Greg also learned a few Chinese words, which he thought could be good potential icebreakers when starting a meeting.


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