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CIS 550 / Week 11 15-R2 What role do local intermediaries play in helping an outsider complete a project? Intermediaries who are familiar with the local culture and customs may be valuable in helping an outsider bridge the gap in cultures in order to complete a project. Intermediaries may act as translators, help handle bribery and gift transactions, and serve as cultural guides. They may assist with economic issues such as a local economy built on bartering; there is a small group of firms that specialize in bartering for project contractors. In cultures where personal connections are critical, such as China, intermediaries may offer their connections to create contacts with officials and businesspeople. 15-R3 Why is it important to honor the customs and traditions of a country when working on an international project? It is important to honor the customs and traditions of a country when working on an international project because, “if the customs and social cultural dimensions of the host country are not accommodated,
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Unformatted text preview: projects will not succeed” (p. 494). Doing so shows respect for members of that culture and may help gain the respect and cooperation of others. Learning to adapt to working amongst others of different and cultural background only increases the individual’s skills in dealing in cross-cultural environments. 15-R4 What is culture shock? What can you do to reduce the negative effects of culture shock? Culture shock is a “natural psychological disorientation that most people suffer when they move into a culture different from their own” (p. 508) . It is a natural response to being immersed in a new environment and results from a breakdown in a person’s selective perception and effective interpretation system. The negative effects of culture shock can be reduced through regular exercise, meditation and relaxation techniques, journal-keeping, or the creation of “stability zones” that include activities and surroundings that remind a person of home....
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