ou are an American project manager, working temporarily in Sao Paulo (Brazil), of a team comprised of three Brazilian engineers (all male), a marketing specialist (female), and a finance specialist (female). All your team members speak competent English. The team's task is to design a new headset that can be used with MP3 players. When finally manufactured, the headset will be sold in the Latin American market. [Your response should be between one and two pages long, typed single-spaced.]
a. List the key cross-cultural issues you need to be sensitive about - as an American - when dealing with this Brazilian project team.
b. What are American cultural traits that can lead to cross-cultural disconnects between you and your team?
c. Your boss in Brazil is a Brazilian man who is vice president of operations in his company. What cultural issues do you need to be sensitive about when dealing with him? (Take into account his behaviors as they affect you; and your behaviors as they affect him.)