Understanding Global Cultures

Author: Martin J. Gannon
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483340058
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In the fully updated Sixth Edition of Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys Through 34 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity, authors Martin J. Gannon and Rajnandini Pillai present the cultural metaphor as a method for understanding the cultural mindsets of individual nations, clusters of nations, continents, and diversity in each nation. A cultural metaphor is any activity, phenomenon, or institution that members of a given culture consider important and with which they identify emotionally and/or cognitively, such as the Japanese garden and American football. This cultural metaphoric approach identifies three to eight unique or distinctive features of each cultural metaphor and then discusses 34 national cultures in terms of these features. The book demonstrates how metaphors are guidelines to help outsiders quickly understand what members of a culture consider important.

Understanding Global Cultures

Author: Martin J. Gannon
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761929802
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Understanding Global Cultures, Third Edition presents the cultural metaphor as a method for understanding the cultural mindsets of a nation, a cluster of nations, and even of a continent. This method involves identifying some phenomenon, activity or institution of a culture that all or most of its members consider important and with which they identify closely. Metaphors are not stereotypes; rather, they rely upon the features of one critical phenomenon of a culture to describe the entire culture. The characteristics of the metaphor then become the basis for describing and understanding the essential features of the culture. For example, the Italians invented the opera and love it passionately. Five key characteristics of the opera are the overture, spectacle and pageantry, voice, externalization, and the interaction between the lead singers and the chorus. These features are used to describe Italy and its cultural mindset. Thus the metaphor is a guide or map that helps such outsiders as students, travelers, and managers on short-term and long-term assignments understand quickly what members of a culture consider important.

Cultural Metaphors

Author: Martin J. Gannon
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761913375
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This book provides an exploration of the use of metaphor, particularly the cultural metaphor of a nation. A nation's cultural metaphor is shown to be any institution, phenomenon, or activity with which all or most citizens closely identify. Together with theoretical chapters, case studies cover the United States, Italy, Bali, and East Asia. The book concludes with a description of specific uses of cultural metaphors or metaphorical applications.

Intercultural Communication

Author: James W. Neuliep
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1506361862
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In the fully updated Seventh Edition of Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, bestselling author James W. Neuliep provides a clear contextual model (visually depicted by a series of concentric circles) for examining communication within cultural, microcultural, environmental, sociorelational, and perceptual contexts. Students are first introduced to the broadest context—the cultural component of the model—and progress chapter by chapter through the model to the most specific dimensions of communication. Each chapter focuses on one context and explores the combination of factors within that context, including setting, situation, and circumstances. Highlighting values, ethnicity, physical geography, and attitudes, the book examines means of interaction, including body language, eye contact, and exchange of words, as well as the stages of relationships, cross-cultural management, intercultural conflict, and culture shock.

Emotional Intelligence for Managing Results in a Diverse World

Author: Lee Gardenswartz
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey
ISBN: 0891062998
Format: PDF, Docs
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Whether you work group stretches from here to Dubai or can easily meet in a conference room down the hall, anger and frustration are easy to come by when others don't do things your way, follow directions, or respond the way you think they should. But when emotions manage workplace relationships, the result is conflict, disengagement, and low morale. Emotional Intelligence for Managing Results in a Diverse World delivers a novel prescription for managing effectively in today's workplace: Use the dynamic principles of EQ plus insights from the author's pioneering diversity work to increase your competence in managing emotions and enhance your effectiveness in work, relationships, and life. The book also gives you the know-how to use this approach in coaching and developing others to help them be more successful on the job.

Essentials of Managing Stress

Author: Brian Luke Seaward
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN: 1284115054
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The fourth edition of Essentials of Managing Stress teaches readers practical skills and techniques on how to best handle daily stressors and empowers them with the tools needed to live a balanced life. The Fourth Edition is a highly accessible and student-friendly text that is designed to promote personal growth along with content retention. Students are guided through a series of more than 80 exercises and questionnaires that encourage them to adopt effective stress management practices into their personal health behaviors. A new chapter on Ecotherapy rounds out the text and provides insight into the healing powers of nature.

Understanding Cross cultural Management

Author: Marie-Joëlle Browaeys
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781292015897
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Managing effectively across national and cultural boundaries is critical to the success of today s organisations, given the global environment of business and the increasing diversity of workforces. A keen awareness and a high degree of cross-cultural competence in management are therefore key to the career success of both present and aspiring managers/professionals. "" This, the third edition of" Understanding Cross-Cultural Management," " "has been adapted in line with the feedback from our many readers." "The book explores the key themes and issues in one of the most challenging and fascinating areas of business, organisational and social life. It does so in a mannerthat enables you to sharpen your insights and practical skills. "Understanding Cross-Cultural Management" offers a selective but broad view of classic and contemporary thinking on cultural management and encourages you to apply theories and ideas to practice - and to relate them to your own experience - through various examples and cases from the business world as well as through a range of practical activities, including: Cross-cultural concepts, which explain key ideas from leading theorists, thinkers and practitioners. Case studies (many of them based on articles from the" Financial Times"), dilemmas and points for reflection, which enable you to reflect internally and interact externally. Spotlights in every chapter, which briefly illustrate the concepts being described. Mini-cases with questions, which give consistent application of theory to practice. Activities at the end of each chapter, as well as at the end of each of the book s three parts, which provide a broader and more integrated perspective on the material in question. These encourage you to develop both your cross-cultural management skills and a critical view of research done in this area. This book has been written for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as practising managers and professionals, who are studying cross-cultural and international management as part of either specialist international business programmes or general business-related qualifications. Marie-Joelle Browaeys is now freelance lecturer and researcher in cross-cultural management, affiliated to Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands. Roger Price, formerly senior lecturer at Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands, is a freelance coach, instructor and writer in the area of cross-cultural management."

International Tourism

Author: Yvette Reisinger, PhD
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136438882
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In recent years there has been a considerable interest in the cultural aspects of tourism such as the impacts of culture on tourism planning, development, management, and marketing. However, the focus has been on material forms of culture such as arts, music, or crafts. The impacts of national culture on tourist behavior and travel decision-making have not been paid much attention. Only in the last two years have cross-cultural issues begun to generate significant interest among academics. An examination of cultural characteristics and differences is extremely important to the tourism industry because today’s tourism environment is becoming increasingly international. Information on the nature of the cultural differences between international tourists and locals is not readily available in tourism literature. The concept of culture is very complex and includes such abstract concepts as satisfaction, attitude and loyalty. International Tourism brings these concepts to the undergraduate student in tourism, as well as students in the related fields of marketing, management, international business, and cross-cultural communication. Designed as a textbook, it isorganized and presented in an integrated and relevant way for the benefit of a worldwide audience.

Beyond Hofstede

Author: Cheryl Nakata
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230240836
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Hofstede introduced a culture paradigm that has been widely influential in international business. However, its relevance in light of culture's increasing complexity due to globalization has been questioned. Alternative culture frameworks and perspectives are offered by leading scholars in global marketing and management.

Guns Germs and Steel The Fates of Human Societies

Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393609294
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"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.