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Impact of Culture on World View Introduction A person’s perception of the world around them is called his or her worldview. This includes how people see their place in the world and the roles of those around them. It shapes people’s values and goals. Worldview also can be limiting if a person sees his or her view as better than others, and then judges others based on that perspective. One key to effective international business communications is to develop an understanding of your worldview and that of people in other countries and cultures. Worldview Culture has a significant impact on people and their worldview, which encompasses perspectives on ideas such as: The purpose of life The role of family and relationships One’s role in society Social hierarchy Work and career Appropriate and inappropriate behaviors Gender and gender relationships The role of government One potential issue that arises in international business and cross-cultural relationships is ethnocentrism, or the belief that your worldview and culture is the right one. This leads people to ignore the perspective of others and can lead to conflict. Having a closed mind can lead to others closing their minds to you as well, none of which is productive in an organizational or business setting. Cultural Differences
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Potential cultural differences can have a profound impact on international dealing U.S. Managers Are typically impatient Because of the quarterly earning pressures of wall street Because of a societal norm of impatience Far Eastern Cultures Are the opposite, they do not look at this quarter or the next but rather 10-20 years from now Japanese Manager Would not be worrying about a 1 or 2 year payback on a project If the investment made sense for the company Japan
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