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CIS 550 / Week 11 15-R5 How should you go about preparing yourself for an international project? Preparing for an international project requires serious preproject homework. Understanding the motivation of the firm in selecting the project and site; which the basic political, geographic, economic, and infrastructure factors were key considerations; and how these environmental factors will impact the implementation of the project is important. Training is also critical to familiarize individuals with a new culture and prepare them to work in a foreign land. The amount of training generally depends on the length of stay, cultural fluency required to successfully complete the project, and magnitude of difference between the foreign and native culture. There are three different cross cultural training approaches. The “information-giving” approach consists of presenting the information or skills in a
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Unformatted text preview: lecture-type orientation and is recommended for lengths of stay less than one month where a lower degree fo cultural fluency is required. • The “affective” approach” is recommended for stays of 2-12 months where moderate cultural fluency is desired. It consists of the learning of information and skills that result in cultural insights and raise the affective responses on the part of the trainee. • The “behavioral/ experiential approach is a variant of the affective approach that provides the trainee with realistic simulations or scenarios. It is recommended for stays of 1-3 years where high cultural fluency is required. Training should provide professionals with a minimal understanding of local religion, dress codes, education system, holidays, daily eating patterns, family life, business protocols, social etiquette, and equal opportunity....
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