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Introduction Successful international managers need cross- cultural literacy An understanding of how cultural differences across and within nations can affect the way in which business is practiced A relationship may exist between culture and the costs of doing business in a country or region 22
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What Is Culture? Culture is a system of shared values and norms - Values are abstract ideas about what a group believes to be good, right, and desirable - Norms are the social rules and guidelines that prescribe appropriate behavior in particular situations Society refers to a group of people who share a common set of values and norms 33
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Culture, Society, And The Nation- state There is not a strict one-to-one relationship between a society and a nation state Nation-states are political creations that can contain one or more cultures 44
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The Determinants Of Culture The values and norms of a culture are the evolutionary product of a number of factors at work in a society including; Religion Political Philosophy Economic Philosophy Education Language Social structure 55
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Social Structure Social structure refers to a society’s basic social organization Two dimensions to consider: The degree to which the basic unit of social organization is the individual, as opposed to the group The degree to which a society is stratified into classes or castes 66
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Individuals And Groups A group is an association of two or more people who have a shared sense of identity who interact with each other in structured ways on the basis of a common set of expectations about each other’s behavior Societies differ in terms of the degree to which the group is viewed as the primary means of social organization 77
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