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Emerald Article: Do Cultural Differences Make a Business Difference?: Contextual Factors Affecting Cross-cultural Relationship Success Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Richard Ian Corn

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To cite this document: Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Richard Ian Corn, (1994),"Do Cultural Differences Make a Business Difference?: Contextual Factors Affecting Cross-cultural Relationship Success", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 13 Iss: 2 pp. 5 - 23 Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02621719410050219 Downloaded on: 26-10-2012 References: This document contains references to 30 other documents Citations: This document has been cited by 26 other documents To copy this document: permissions@emeraldinsight.com This document has been downloaded 3632 times since 2005. *

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Do Cultural Differences Make a Busines s Difference?
Contextual Factors Affecting Cros s-cultural Relationship Succes s Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Richard Ian Corn
Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, U S A
I think Turks are Turks, and they are very different from Canadians, or North Americans or Brits or whatever. But when I went to Turkey, I was dealing with some Turks who had been dealing with Canadians for 10-15 years; they understood us and had adapted to our ways. Yes, they were still Turks, but they knew what Canadians expected. And they knew Canadians very well, so they forgave us when we made faux pas, they understood that we like Christmas Day off. They were patient and gave us a year to understand them.

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Canadian executive, describing experiences in his company’s joint venture in Turkey Of course, initially there were apprehensions about being bought by foreigners. Foreigners to us is anyone outside the local community.

American executive, describing his company’s acquisition by a British company

In Search of Cultural Differences As economies globalize and organizations increasingly form cross-border relationships, there is a resurgence of interest in the management problems caused by national cultural differences – in values, ideologies, organizational assumptions, work practices, and behavioural styles – spawning research reminiscent of national...
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