Chapter 4 Essay Questions for Assignment 4
1. Discuss Hall's High and low context framework and suggest how it might be useful in an international business situation. The high context cultures are known to be implicit and indirect communication which means that context is critical, polychromic which happens to be another word for multi-tasking. Low context cultures are explicit communication, which is direct and the-point, monochromic is linear and tangible tried to use schedules. 2. One danger of using the frameworks in this chapter is that if they are applied prescriptively, they may well lead to a sophisticated form of stereotyping. Explain this danger and suggest ways to avoid it.
3. Explain Trompenaar’s achievement-ascription dimension, and comment on its usefulness in an international business setting. Achievement is the status based on what a person does while ascription is who a person is. These dimensions are known to be very important in the sense that without them the international business would not properly work. Achievement is known to be what a person does as in how he spend his time and what he does with his time. While Ascription is the sense in when a person is, how he is defined and what his morals are. These two subjects are very important in the international business setting because you need to understand who you are and the difference of what you do. 4. Why should international managers study the religion of the country they are planning to work in, even if they are not especially interested in the general area of religion? Studying the religion of a specific place you try to do business with is very important. Since religion is the basic attitude and belief of every world culture. Also knowing the local religion shows that you are interested in them and it shows respect towards their culture. For example, if you do not know anything about the culture you might say something that will strike inappropriate for them and will...
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