The First Success Factor

995 WordsJun 4, 20154 Pages
As the first success factor, different communication styles lead to conflict. Brett et al. (2006) emphasized on direct and indirect communication that it could easily create misunderstanding within the team. One of the example which explained by Brett et al. (2006) is the American expatriate asked their Japanese team members of “do you agree with the ideas?” As the result, they all answered “yes,” which does not mean they agreed in Japanese cultures but it means they show their American member respect. The failure from this case could occur when the American misunderstood the indirect communication concept by base their country’s culture only. Meyer that the team members should have flexible mind to learn the new cultures and avoid their cultural bias by misinterpretation from individual’s culture (Rizk, 2014). Adler (1997) added that misinterpretation could cause by inaccurate stereotypes. Through increasing cultural awareness, the team members could improve the accuracy and make more understanding of the team’s norms. Another aspect is the languages toward the team members could create problems in misunderstanding and frustration toward the native speakers (Brett et al., 2006). Most of the native speakers could not say from their mind directly and they need to translate them into easy words which may lack of some details as well. The language proficiency could enhance the social interaction between the expatriates and the host country members but it led no evidence of
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