Purpose of the questionnaire is: to direct thought to issues that cross-cultural research has demonstrated significant differences between groups of cultures. Not to give answers. Just to make us seriously consider, that what is self-evident for ‘me‘ might not be for ‘you‘ too. That’s why the answers are designed with ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ ‘. Participants: Expats from diverse cultural background […]
In one of our recent cross-national comparative survey we have asked employees, mostly IT specialists who work for large Telecommunication companies in Greece and in the Netherlands and cooperate with each other, among others, the following question: ‘Can you think of something your counterparts in the Netherlands (or in Greece) are doing well? Something you would […]
By Katerina Pouliasi, written for ‘The Inquisitive Mind‘ When individuals live actively with two cultures (in families, organizations or society at large) they, partly unconsciously, partly deliberately, may change towards acquiring a ‘bicultural mind’. I will discuss here whether these individuals become capable of spontaneously producing appropriate responses that fit the expectation patterns of either of their two […]
Culture matters to the extent that individuals from different cultures appreciate different values. But, how do we deal in situations at work if such values are conflicting? In fact, Herodotus, some 2.500 years ago, already cast a sharp ethnographic eye
In Part 1 we discussed the case of two Southern European expats who tried to initiate friendships with Dutch colleagues, but ended up rejected, astonished and distressed. That’s the consequence of not knowing the kind of relationships valued in the Netherlands. Once you are aware of this, you can decide how you, as an expat, can behave […]
It is widely known, that parents and educators often differ in the way they stimulate children to succeed in tasks. This difference stems from diverging cultural orientations, and more specifically, on how people in different cultures understand the ‘right’ person.