Us & Mexico Case Study. Comparative Analysis and Solutions for Successful Business Relations

4940 Words Feb 16th, 2013 20 Pages
Introduction The problem of intercultural communication is not unique. While communicating with people from other countries at least once everyone has experienced the feeling of being misunderstood. Such misunderstanding in business will certainly lead to a failure, so, besides being a good entrepreneur and professional in economics, being interculturally competent is as important, or even the most important issue while conducting international business. The topic of this termpaper is “Mexico and U.S.: Practical issues of business collaboration” This topic is urgent because, although the two countries that make up North America are physically close, they have absolutely different cultural values that arise from their history, …show more content…
Mexicans are far less tolerant of abrasiveness and insensitivity in managerial styles than Americans are. US American style is opposite to gaining subordinates' support and compliance, thus, for Mexicans, the US Americans’ tendency to judge a person for what they do and how efficiently they do it has no sense. Such an attitude towards others reduces the value of interpersonal relationships and is thought to be superficial for people who come from nurturing countries, to which Mexico belongs. Lack of respect for personality results in a lack of motivation to stand out for one’s boss. From the US executive’s perspective, the Mexican's indifference to continually strive for greater and greater achievement is believed to reflect a basic laziness or lack of ambitiousness. That is why foreign executives become harsh disciplinarians which only serves to promote increasingly more subtle forms of resistance. 1.2. Obedience to People vs. Obedience to Rules From the U.S. belief that all people are basically the same it follows logically that one would not look for any special favors or exceptions from the rules and regulations which govern social interactions. There is a strong belief in the saying, "No one is
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