Global Implications That Status Is Defined As A Socially Defined Position Or Rank?

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Status is defined as a socially defined position or rank given to groups or group members by others. Even the smallest group will develop roles, rights, and rituals to differentiate its members. Status is a significant motivator and has major behavioral consequences when individuals perceive a disparity between what they believe their status is and what others perceive it to be. The status characteristics theory states that status tends to derive fro one of three sources: the power a person wields over others, a person’s ability to contribute to a group’s goal, and an individual’s personal characteristics. Global implications that status has for an international manager in the western culture could be barriers caused by semantics. Words mean different things to different people, particularly people from different national cultures. Some words do not translate between cultures. For example the Finnish word sisu means something to the akin to guts or dogged persistence but is essentially translated to English. The new capitalists in Russia may have difficulty communicating with the British or Canadian counterparts because English terms such as efficiency, free market, and regulation have no direct Russian equivalent. Another barrier could be caused by word connotations. Words imply different things in different languages. Negotiations between U.S. and Japanese executives can be difficult because the Japanese word hai translates as yes but its connotation is yes, I…
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