Cultural Differences in Joint Ventures

3468 WordsMay 8, 200514 Pages
ESSAY TOPIC (1) :A joint venture is affected by the cultural distance between two partners. In what ways are joint ventures and types of international collaboration affected by cultural differences? INDEX INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………2 What is culture?…………………………………………………………………2-3 The Cultural Orientation Model……………………………………………….4 The cultural Gap…………………………………………………………………5-6 Understanding Cultural Differences………………………………………….6 The Challenge of Cultural Success…………………………………………..7 Cross-cultural training as a solution…………………………………………8 The effectiveness of the cross cultural training programs………………8-9 Future Directions for Cross-Cultural Training and International Business…show more content…
What may appear inconsequential on the surface may be revealed to have greater importance when looked at in the context of the host culture. Intercultural understanding also has an informational aspect, according to Rohrlich. He states that "the intercultural contexting of world problems is the informational aspect that current intercultural communication theory, even in its rudimentary state, contributes."9 Better cultural understanding by an expatriate gives them a valuable data bank, in essence, about the host culture. This information can assist them in better executing their work tasks or even the development of culturally appropriate products and services. In summary, the home culture of an expatriate predisposes them to certain behaviors and situations. It allows them to operate efficiently in that environment. However, moving to the host-culture changes that operating environment and makes their 'mental software ' less efficient and effective. Culture is clearly a relevant variable when expatriating employees and their families for international business assignments. Training can be applied to ameliorate these effects. Also, training provides insight into the procedural, substantive and informational aspects of their work and personal life in the host location. The next chapter discusses the overall international assignment process. This

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