What characterizes Americans—what characterizes you—culturally?
Western business customs are accepted worldwide—so why should you study other cultures?
What cultural differences interest managers?
What do you need to know about developing business relationships with America’s most important trading partners?
Differences in attitudes and values
Differences in psychological contracts
What characterizes the successful individual working overseas?
The People’s Republic of China
The Federal Republic of Germany
How can you develop cross-cultural skills?
Use the Big Five personality theory
What should companies do to support their expatriates?
Understand your tolerance for ambiguity
Evaluate differences in values
Develop cultural intelligence
Understand culture shock
Attend cross-cultural training
How should you prepare for a short-term international assignment?