Cross Cultural Communication Essay

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Culture could be defined as all the ways of life including traditions, religion, language, behaviors, arts and everything that creates identity to a country.
In such a globalized world, where in most organizations we have people from all over the world, it is very important to know about cross-cultural management in order to understand people’s behavior and needs in order to avoid problems and have a pleasant and successful workplace.
My name is Mariana Martins and I am from Brazil. Below I will talk about two different countries besides Brazil and try to explain how these differences can be crucial when you do not know how to properly understand them. The comparison will be made in a workplace point of view.

A US Culture Overview
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There is a general lack of deference in the US to people of greater wealth, age, higher social status or authority. They are very career-oriented and take into consideration punctuality and deadlines (they always want to get the best results in the quickest time). As a reflect they normally just take ten days off holiday per year. They are very neutral and are always objective about business and do not show any feelings and emotions. They make clear distinction between work colleagues and friends.
A Polish Culture Overview

Official name - Republic of Poland Population - 38, 536, 869* Official language - Polish Currency - Zloty (PLN) Capital city - Warsaw
After being in so many wars, Poland in 1990 has become an independent democratic country and therefore it is considered a very patriotic nation. The Polish are very proud of having their cultural identity after so many invasions. The are very family oriented, but when it comes to building relationships especially in the workplace, it can take sometime until they are able to trust you, in other words, they have to gain your trust in order to do business. Still talking about relationships, they are a diffuse oriented country, where the boss is an authority wherever he/she is. Polish are very strict on norms and regulations and are not open to changes. In Polish companies the age and educational background are the ones which
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