Part I: Describe and Compare/Contrast Two Different Cultures


I:  Describe and Compare/Contrast Two Different Cultures

Describe the
cultural characteristics of your country of origin according to the categories
discussed in your textbook and compare and contrast these to the U.S.
culture.  If you are from the U.S., pick any other country and compare it
to the U.S. culture.

You should
comment on (describe and compare/contrast) the two cultures across each of the
twelve cultural characteristics described in chapter two: Formality and Social
Customs, Style of Dress, Time, Tolerance for Conflict, Gender Roles, High- and
Low- Context, Individualism, Power Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance,
Masculinity, and Future Orientation.

Once completed,
address the following questions: (Please provide the question and then
enter your response)


 From the set of twelve cultural characteristics you described above,
which cultural difference between these two cultures is likely to provide the
biggest challenge when business teams from both cultures work together? 
And why? 

What can you do to improve or ease challenges when communicating across these
two cultures?  

Are there any ethical issues that might arise when doing business between these
two different cultures?

II: Situation Analysis

In this scenario,
you are a manager of a work team in the U.S.  Your team is visiting a
client in another country where they treat women in the workplace differently.
The purpose of your visit is to deliver a presentation of findings (results)
from a research project that your team performed, for a fee, for the client. 
The client has hinted that only men should deliver presentations during
meetings in their country.  Your team is composed of three employees—two
men and one woman.  Each team member worked on the research project. When
your team has performed this same type of research project in the past for
other clients, each team member (the two men and the woman) has delivered a
portion of the presentation and has contributed equally to the
discussion.  In this current situation, the woman on your team feels uncomfortable
about the upcoming visit.

Once completed,
address the following questions: (Please provide the question and then
enter your response)


As the manager of this team, which of the 6 ways of responding described in
your text (Avoiding through Collaboration) would you choose and

Consider the two ethical questions in your text (e.g., How morally
significant is this situation? Is there home culture consensus regarding the
issue?) and look at the questions in the “Ethical challenge” box in Chapter
2.  As you think about these questions and how you would answer them, does
this change how you would respond to the situation above? 

What if anything would you do or say your employee (the woman), to your entire
team, or to the client to improve the situation?

What are some possible consequences that might occur after you follow your
chosen response?

What might you do to alleviate this type of conflict in the future?


Length of your
paper should be 3-5 pages, single-spaced. Any titles or headings in your
journal such as your name, name of the class, instructor or journal title are
not considered part of the page requirements