BUS155 week 2 hw - 1 Question Explain how socio-cultural...

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1. Question: Explain how socio-cultural differences create problems for Walt Disney in opening parks overseas. Your Answer: It's because the world is so different. We all have different beliefs and ways of doing things. Differences between people within any given nation or culture are much greater than differences between groups. Education, social standing, religion, personality, belief structure, past experience, affection shown in the home, and a myriad of other factors will affect human behavior and culture. There are cultural and ideological differences and it is good to have an understanding about a culture's customs and ways. Much of the differences in culture have to do with food preparation, music, and what each culture considers politeness. Disney has had to adjust the food and drink available in these parks to suit their European and Asian customers. For instance, Euro Disney followed its U.S. rules and didn't sell any beer, wine, or liquor inside the park. However, in Europe wine is drunk with most meals. Disney had to change its policy and allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in this park near Paris. Making a genuine effort to find the positive historical, literary, and cultural contributions of a society; learning a few polite expressions in another person's language; and showing appreciation for the food and music of another culture can have especially positive effects. My contention, then, is not that there are no cultural differences. These differences between cultures and peoples are real and can add richness (and humor) to the fabric of life. My assertion is that people everywhere have much in common, such as a need for affiliation and love, participation, and contribution. When the exterior is peeled off, there are not so many differences after all.
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2010 for the course BUSN BUSN115 taught by Professor Goldwasser during the Spring '10 term at DeVry Chicago O'Hare.

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