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1 International Cooperation USA Germany Facilitator: Patrick Schmidt

2 70% of failures are directly due to “soft factors”.

3 How do people understand one another when they don’t share a common cultural experience?

4 Americans and Germans?

5 Similarities Anglo-Saxon background monochronic direct and honest being on time competitive and practical

6 The Trap of Similarity

7 Wal-Mart’s billion euro fiasco in Germany arrogance and ignorance managers culturally naïve, simple-minded driven by “time is money” didn’t create enough economies of scale

8 The unconscious projection of values is the source of cultural mishaps.

9 The Cardinal Rule

10 Understanding oneself and one’s own culture

11 Who understands others as well as oneself will be granted success in a thousand encounters year-old Chinese proverb

12 “Culture hides more than it reveals and strangely enough what it hides, it hides most effectively from it’s own participants. Years of study have convinced me that the real job is not to understand foreign culture but to understand our own.” Edward Hall

13 Plan Culture Communication Meetings - Presenting - Negotiating Intercultural Competence

14 Positivist Relativist Constructivist Assumption Reality is absolute and discoverable Reality is framed by an observer’s perspective, formed within “systems”. Reality emerges from transaction between observer and observed. Implication Discover what is real and unreal in a culture. Assumes ‘finished’ artifacts, non-movement. Culture is a set of roles and rules within a social system. Awareness of other perspective Culture is socially constructed. Conscious of own boundary-setting. Application Adaptation is knowledge of cultural history. Enactment of “do’s & don’t’s” Learn about cultures through contrast analysis. “Informed” role play Adaptation is dynamic, ‘other’ perspective-taking (empathy). Mutual penetration Theories of Intercultural Communication* How do people understand one another when they don’t share a common cultural experience ? * Derived from Milton J. Bennett, net

15 Culture ?

16 Life style of a people, I.e. the learned and shared patterns of beliefs, behaviors and values of a group of interacting people. (Bennett) Culture is the collective programming of the mind. (Hofstede) Culture is the water we live in. It surrounds us and defines us. (Chinese definition)

17 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The Declaration of Independence, 1776

18 How do they affect you now? Think about your own culture How did socialization take place in your own life? Try to recall some of the behaviors and values you were taught early in life.

19 Culture is to us what water is to a fish.

20 Culture is like an iceberg observable Not observable

21 Manners Clothes Food Newspapers, books Monuments Rituals, festivals History Friendship Time and space Negotiation style Communication style Solutions to problems ObservableNot observable

22 Holland Great Britain Singapore Greece Venezuela USA France Germany South Korea a.b

23 Everything is relative — no right or wrong solutions Intercultural communications

24 Understanding the inner logic of a culture Success abroad

25 3. They practice role reversal (empathy) Attempt to understand an international situation through the eyes of others. 1.They “know that they don’t know” Assume difference until similarity is proven, not the other way around. The Four Secrets of Effective Global Managers 2. They emphasize description Observe what is actually said and done rather than interpreting or evaluating. 4. They treat explanations as guesses, not as certainty. Check with colleagues from home and abroad if guesses are plausible.

26 mental viewing of how something might be not meant to be exact Definition of a theory

27 Serious Easy-going German American (Ger) (Am) 1Ger stereotype3 Ger exception 2 Am exception4 Amr stereotype

28 Hofstede’s Dimensions Individualism / collectivism Respect toward hierarchy Desire for structure Masculinity / femininity

29 “we” society group identity important: harmony relations over tasks extended family “me” society self-identity important: pro-active tasks over relations success of individual Collectivism Individualism

30 KOR SING PORT GREJAP GB USA NETH CAN ITA PL FRA GER Collectivism Individualism SLO

31 Inequalities not OK Privileges/status not OK Boss democratic Flat hierarchy Staff gives advice Inequalities OK Privileges/status OK Boss paternalistic Strong hierarchy Staff follows orders Less Hierarchy More Hierarchy

32 NETH GB GER USA ITA JAP GRE POR FRA PL SIN SLOSWE Less Hierarchy More Hierarchy SPA

33 Uncertainty O.K. Willing to take risks Non-orderly situations Hope for success Rational generalists There must be order Many rules Consensus Desire for security Experts und knowledge Less Structure More Structure

34 CAN SWE GB KOR SIN USA NETH GER ITA SLO PL SPA FRA JAP GRE Less structure More structure POR

35 Should a manager have precise answers to subordinates’ questions?

36 NETHUSA 23% 28% CHBELGERFRAITAJAP Yes: 17% 18% DEN GB 38% 44% 46% 53% 66% 78%

37 Five years after the merger FranceUSA 8%77%

38 Understanding new behavior D=detect I=interpret E=evaluate

39 American meetings An informal, relaxed attitude Confident, positive approach Brainstorming Come to the point quickly Active participation Give credit for others’ achievements (piggyback)

40 engineering point of view Americans: cowboy mind less communication later Americans: many questions decision is binding leader is mediator brain-storming Germans: over analyze more communication later Germans: impersonal decision is a guideline leader is decision-maker Joint Problem Solving

41 Working on Projects GermansAmericansAmericansGermans tend to….tend to thinktend to….tend to think PROJECT...collect“Why are they…chat informally“Why aren’t they IDEA informationdoing this?”about an ideadoing anything?” PROJECT …get down to“They are cold and…begin with small“They are wasting MEETINGS businessunfriendly.”talktime.” …present detailed“How can they…begin with“They are not plansdiscuss the detailsbrainstormingprepared for the at this stage?”meeting.” …express criticism“They don’t like…be enthusiastic“They are not openlyeach other.”about all the ideassincere.” PROJECT …work individually“They don’t…hold frequent“They are too PROCESS on the taskscommunicate ormeetings; changemany meetings; we assigned to themwork as a team.”tasks as circum-can’t get our work stances changedone.” believe clearly…believe continuous defined milestonescontact guarantees guarantee successcoordination

42 Cognitive Styles of Germans and Americans Interaction with reality, extracting, organizing and applying knowledge BASICGermansAmericans OUTLOOK tend to be more cautious, conceptualtend to be more optimistic, pragmatic OPENING Do we really need…?Can we have…? QUESTION ACQUIRING Structured way of knowingHypothesis, testing way of knowing KNOWLEDGE Want solid theories, coherenceSpeculate with probabilities, risk taking Deductive: acting on the basis of one’sInductive: understanding a situation through thorough understanding of the situationexperimentation Declarative thinking: focusing onProcedural thinking: focusing on how to get description and explanation of situationthings done Gather information from experts, logicalActive experimentation: learn from peers, analysis of ideasbrainstorming, “think out of the box” Importance of background informationImportance of measurement data, and facts (historical context, “Zeitgeist:, sociology)(how tall, how much, statistics, etc.) APPLYING Development of strategic analysisAbility to get things done KNOWLEDGE Systematic planningTrial and error, learn by doing, can do Decisions are bindingDecisions are guidelines

43 Good working atmosphere Care for others Harmony Solidarity Modesty People over materialism Performance Polarization Assertive Competitive Displaying success Materialism over people Femininity Masculinity

44 SWE SPA FRA PL GBUSA GER NETH KOR SIN CAN SLO ITA JAP Femininity Masculinity GRE POR

45 Culture is communication Edward Hall

46 Hall’s Definition Culture determines the style of communication: indirect or direct

47 Explicit Context not important Thinking-focused Result-oriented Masculine Implicit Context important Feeling-focused Relationship-oriented Feminine Direct (low context) Indirect (high context)

48 CH ITA PL FRA GERSPA GB NETH USA JAP Direct Indirect

49 German directness British indirectness Jürgen wird an die Decke springen.Jürgen might tend to disagree. Kommen wir gleich zur Sache.I was wondering if could talk. Du sagst nur Blödsinn.I am not quite with you on that. Das kann nicht wahr sein.Hm, that’s an interesting idea. Wir werden dies nie unterschreiben.We’ll have to do our homework.

50 One activity at a time Schedules very important Task-oriented Linear Punctual Parallel activities Plans are changed Relationship-oriented Interruptions Punctuality unimportant Monochronic Polychronic

51 CH ITA PL FRA GER SPA GB NETH USA JAP Monochronic Polychronic

52 Differences perceived Differences regarded as difficulties Management conflict between American and German managers

53 US perception of D as difference difficulty process-oriented yesyes specialised, expertyes rule-boundyes precise, data-orientedyes formalyesyes surnaming / using titlesyes directyes German-speaking, multilingualyes

54 D perception of US as difference difficulty unstructured yesyes informalyes yes first-namingyes yes humouryes yes English-speaking, monolingualyes exaggerated optimismyes yes fluid agreements (trial and error)yesyes

55 Underlying regularities American low uncertainty avoidance (low UA) vs. German higher uncertainty avoidance (high UA) American higher context communication (hcc) vs. German low context communication (lcc) American relationship orientation (r o) vs. German task orientation (t o)

56 How can these differences in regularities be explained?

57 US perception of D as difference difficulty regularity process-oriented yesyes higher UA specialised, expert yes higher UA, t o rule-bound yes higher UA precise, data-oriented yes higher UA, lcc formal yesyes higher UA surnaming / using titles yes higher UA direct yes lcc German-speaking, multilingual yes

58 D perception of US as difference difficulty regularity unstructured yesyes low UA informal yesyes higher cc, r o first-name yes yes low UA, r o humour yesyes low UA, r o English-speaking, monolingual yes exaggerate optimism yesyes fluid agreements (trial & error) yesyes low UA

59 Lesson to be learned US-German communication and co-operation might not be as simple as it appears — especially for Germans

60 Why do we stereotype?

61 Natural impulse to categorize when reality is too complex to handle. Why do we stereotype?

62 consciously aware it’s a group norm descriptive and not evaluative modifiable Stereotypes are helpful when:

63 Cross-cultural perceptions unstructured energetic first-name seem happier overly self-confident narrow perspective of world process-oriented specialized, expert systematic, orderly precise, data-oriented too formal direct perception of Germans perception of Americans

64 Visitors’ perceptions of Germans perfectionist slow to get to know meticulous about deadlines systematic, orderly fair to a fault eager to do right excessively detailed standoffish pushy stubborn obsessed with rules afraid of making mistakes Those who don’t speak German Those who speak German

65 Cultural Perception Americans are According to Brazilians Serious Reserved Introvert Cautious Restrained Composed Methodical According to Chinese Friendly Spontaneous Extrovert Reckless Uninhibited Emotional Impulsive ?

66 Attitudes for better intercultural communications Tolerance for ambiguity Low goal/task orientation Non-judgmental Flexibility Sense of humor Warmth in human relationships Strong sense of self Ability to fail Open-mindedness Empathy Communicativeness Curiosity Motivation Self-reliance Perceptiveness Tolerance to differences

67 Differences between German and American presentation styles?

68 American Presentation start with a “big bang” (hook them) show them how they can profit from the talk emphasize entertainment aspect — jokes, anecdotes conclusion is often enthusiastic, visionary –— guaranteed to be a success! audience-centered and interactive –— lots a smiles, speaker wants to be socially accepted

69 Deductive German Approach Inductive American Approach Major Point Background Information Proof Fact Deductive and Inductive Thinking

70 Presentations styles Focused on listener Enthusiastic, optimistic Inductive Benefit orientation Showman’s effects Use of personal examples Get to the point Easy-to-remember statements Focused on content Start with straight introduction Factual (sachlich) Deductive Clear transitions Distant through formality Serious (bestimmt auftreten) Detailed explanations

71 Communication

72 Exchanging ideas, feelings, symbols, meanings to create commonality

73 Misunderstandings:

74 Interpreting “foreign behavior” in terms of our own culture

75 The Cardinal Rule

76 Understanding oneself and one’s own culture

77 Communication breaks down — people build up barriers

78 us versus them

79 Good, intercultural communication is not just good intentions.

80 Receiver’s perception determines the real message, not the one we send.

81 The greatest barrier is culture, not language.

82 Natural and simple Takes places in one’s culture Communication

83 80% – 90% of information: “non-verbal” signals

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86 Perception is selective learned culturally determined consistent inaccurate Why we don’t see objectively

87 ONCE IN A A LIFETIME PARIS IN THE THE SPRING BIRD IN THE THE HAND

88 Think seldom about communication Non-verbal signals underestimated Perceive things differently Reasons for intercultural faux pas

89 Communication Styles

90 Communication styles emphasizing content downplay relationships appearing credible being objective accentuating content accentuating personal being liked being socially accepted

91 direct in stating more upgraders more modal verbs more imperative direct in expressing more downgraders more conditionals more questions CredibilityLikeability

92 Complicated Over analytical Formal und detailed Objective Wants to be creditable Simple Short and concise Informal Friendly and easy going Wants to be liked

93 The German Desire for Clarity “Jetzt werde ich mit ihr deutsch reden müssen” (Klartext) The German adjective deutlich (clear, plain) and the German verb deuten (explain, interpret) have the same linguistic roots to the word Germans use to refer to themselves and their language — deutsch.

94 Peach and Coconut Metaphor

95 Do’s Look for common opinions Focus on the results Use simple language Expect fewer details Be less direct Listen non-verbally and participate Expect agreement Don’ts Forget to repeat Tell ethnic jokes Forget the small talk Expect critical feedback Be irritated by interruptions Hesitate to ask questions Be so critical Communicating with Americans

96 Opening lines for “small talk” I hear you are going to be transferred to Rome. That sound great! You and Elke have been married for three years now. When will you have children? I like that pair of shoes you have on. Where did you buy them? John, you look like you’ve gained a few kilos these last few months. Did you see that great Formula 1 race on TV yesterday? Schumacher left all of his competitors in the dust. This weather is fantastic. It’s a great day to go hiking, don’t you think? I’ve heard you come from Zurich. That’s in southern Germany, isn’t it? I just got a great offer. If I accept the job in Chicago, I’ll make $70,000 a year, plus a annual $25,000 bonus. Who will you vote for in the upcoming election? Have you heard that latest rumor? Beatrice is going out with the boss.

97 U.S. negotiating style Americans tends to make a small talk at the beginning look more at strengths & weaknesses of others than issues maximize benefits to themselves than “best” solution for all create a friendly, personable atmosphere

98 The typical U.S. negotiator always keeps a poker-face

99 Experience of Difference Denial Defense Minimization Acceptance Adaptation Integration Ethnocentric Stages Ethnorelative Stages Milton Bennett’s Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity

100 Denial one’s culture is the only real one unable to construe cultural difference aggressive ignorance “Munich — lots of buildings, too many cars, McDonalds”

101 Defensive one’s culture is the only good one “we” are superior — “they” are inferior highly critical of other cultures “Americans are superficial and uncultivated”

102 Minimization one’s culture is viewed as universal obscure deep cultural differences insistently nice “We bankers are all the same all over the world.”

103 Acceptance one’s culture is viewed as one of many complex systems judgment is not ethnocentric curious about cultural differences “I want to learn German so I can understand Hans better.”

104 Adaptation internalize more than one complete worldview empathy may intentionally change behavior to communicate better “I’m beginning to feel like a member of this culture.”

105 Integration one’s self is expanded to include different worldviews cross-cultural swinger ability to facilitate contact between cultures “I truly enjoy participating fully in both of my cultures.”

106 No longer attached to original cultural group Relativity of values Cross-cultural swinger Multi-lingual Other-culture awareness Intercultural competence

107 Question for reflection What are the characteristics of an effective multinational team?

108 recognize diversity members selected for task-related abilities mutual respect equal power super ordinate goal external feedback Effective multinational teams

109 assume difference until similarity is proven emphasize description, not interpreting or judging practice role reversal more use of conditionals to be more open to compliments Team Charter (example) A commitment to:

110 expanded horizons less groupthink increased creativity and flexibility Advantages of multinational teams

111 1.Strong sense of group welfare: Sozialmarktwirtschaft 2.Confidence to do the job right due to thorough training 3.Extremely fair towards others; have vision what is right and wrong 4.A serious and factual attitude toward life 5.Excellent listeners 6.Meticulous about deadlines and appointments 7.Perfectionism: very neat and orderly, pay attention to details 8.Precise execution of activities and products; brilliant organizers 9.“Höchste Leistung bringen”: obsession for high performance with passionate intensity 10. “Durchsetzungsvermögen”: very thorough and effective in work Basic German Values

112 1.Very proud of political system and the American way of life 2.High self-confidence; rely on own strength and capability 3.Volunteerism: very engaged in community services 4.Trust in people; relaxed friendliness and spontaneity 5.A “can-do” optimism: openness to improvement and change 6.Anti-authoritarian attitude: don’t bow to a higher authority 7.Equality and the rule of law: every person is equal before the law 8.Individualism: everyone has the right to self-actualize 9.Restlessness and impatience: desire to move up the social ladder 10.Pragmatism: prefer the concrete over aesthetic and conceptual Basic American Values

113 Understanding others…

114 Understanding others doesn’t consist of only appealing to logic and reason. It consists of an emotional opening to the others Jawaharlal Nehru

115 You have been great participants


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