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Building cross-cultural competence : how to create wealth from conflicting values

Author: Charles Hampden-Turner; Alfons Trompenaars
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cross-cultural competence is a skill that has become increasingly essential for the managers in multinational companies. For other business people, this kind of competence may spell the difference between surviving and perishing in the new global economy. This book focuses on the dilemmas of these managers and offers constructive advice on dealing with culture shock and turning it to business advantage. Opposing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic book
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hampden-Turner, Charles.
Building cross-cultural competence.
New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©2000
(DLC) 00028107
(OCoLC)43561997
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Hampden-Turner; Alfons Trompenaars
ISBN: 9780300130638 0300130635 9786611730765 6611730761
OCLC Number: 163575148
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 388 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Universalism --
particularism: the dilemma --
Reconciling universalism and particularism: stories and cases --
Specificity --
diffuseness: the dilemma --
Reconciling specificity with diffuseness: stories and cases --
Achieved --
ascribed status: the dilemma --
Reconciling achieved with ascribed status: stories and cases --
Inner direction versus outer direction: the dilemma --
Reconciling inner and outer direction: stories and cases --
Sequential and synchronous time: the dilemma --
Reconciling sequential with synchronous time: stories and cases --
Appendix 1. Dilemma theory and its origins --
2. Exercises in reconciliation --
3. Measuring transcultural competence: old and new questionnaires --
4. The space between dimensions.
Responsibility: Charles M. Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars ; illustrations by David Lewis.

Abstract:

Cross-cultural competence is a skill that has become increasingly essential for the managers in multinational companies. For other business people, this kind of competence may spell the difference between surviving and perishing in the new global economy. This book focuses on the dilemmas of these managers and offers constructive advice on dealing with culture shock and turning it to business advantage. Opposing values can be understood as complementary and reconcilable, say Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars. A manager who concentrates on integrating rather than polarizing values will make much better business decisions. Furthermore, the authors show, wealth is actually created by reconciling values-in-conflict. Based on fourteen years of research involving nearly 50,000 managerial respondents and on the authors' extensive experience in international business, the book compares American cultural values to those of more than forty other nations. It explores six culture-defining dimensions and their reverse images (universalism-particularism, individualism-communitarianism, specificity-diffusion, achieved status-ascribed status, inner direction-outer direction, and sequential time-synchronous time) and discusses them as alternative ways of coping with life's -- and business's -- exigencies. With humor, cartoons, and an array of business examples, the authors demonstrate how the reconciliation of cultural differences can cause whole organizations to grow healthier, wealthier, and wiser.

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