Short Assignment 3 - Transcending Cultural 1 TRANSCENDING...

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Transcending Cultural 1 TRANSCENDING CULTURAL CONDITIONING Transcending Cultural Conditioning: One Scottish Executive’s Cross-cultural Experience University of Maryland University College
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Transcending Cultural 2 Transcending Cultural Conditioning: One Scottish Businessman’s Cross-cultural Experience Northouse (2007, p. 302) suggests that successful cross-cultural communication can only exist if all parties involved possess the ability to accurately interpret and assess nonverbal and verbal communications. Due to the sharp contrast in cultures and communication styles of Japanese and Westerners, significant preparation is essential for effective negotiations as well as business and personal interactions (Goldman, 1994). Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity to cultural diversity are important elements in a successful cross-cultural experience (Adler, 2008, p. 70). The following illustration is a prime example of an effective approach to a successful cross-cultural experience. Prior to his first visit to Japan, a Scottish businessman made a conscious decision to immerse himself in the Japanese culture during his time in Japan. To his disappointment, he was offered a traditional Western meal at his first dining experience. Fortunately, he discerned that his Japanese colleagues were trying to be good hosts by offering him the Western food he was accustomed. He attempted to explain to his colleagues that he would very much enjoy
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