Cooperating and Communicating Across Cultures Essay

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Cooperating and Communicating Across Cultures Grantham University Abstract In a period of globalization it is necessary for people to adapt to different cultures and learn to work in other organizations. In the case study “Cooperating and Communicating Across Cultures” we get a glance at some challenges that Germans and Americans face while working together on a project. We will then look at ways to resolve conflict and remove barriers. Cooperating and Communicating Across Cultures In this case study we read about an ethnocentric American (Jim) working in Germany on a multinational project. Next we read about an ethnocentric German (Klaus) working in America on the second phase of the project. These projects were the result a joint venture of 2 companies using a global strategy to release their products in Europe and then America. Both Jim and Klaus overcame initial organizational culture shock and performed at high levels. The German and American phases of the project came off without any major problems, but could ran smoother if Jim and Klaus had been readied for their new environments. The issues that troubled Jim and Klaus were many, but none too burdensome to overcome. Germans take days in the initial stages and concentrate on the all possible problems. Americans brainstorm for a few hours set short term goals and deadlines. Germans work alone and only meet if a team member runs into an issue. Americans collaborate throughout the project. Germans are very serious at work addressing each other by surnames. American address each other including management, by first names and joke around during work. Germans concentrate on how ideas were developed for presentations. Americans have more showy presentations. Germans seem cold to one another at work.

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