There are differences between cultures. The differences are in foundational areas. They influence the success of cross-border teams. We explain and contrast cultures.
We begin with the United States and Germany. The world’s largest and fourth-largest economies. Because this is the space in which we have been working for more than two decades. We intend to add countries, topics, and languages.
We contrast cultures by addressing three questions: Where do we differ in how we think, therefore in how we work? What influence do these differences have on our collaboration? How can we get the differences to work for, not against, us?
We focus on foundational topics. Currently ten. Such as communication, decision making, leadeship, processes. It is in these areas where colleagues need to understand each other at a deeper level. Understanding is the basis for collaboration.
We present our core content – Countries and Contrasts – in English and in the languages of the countries. Patterns are only in English. Translating that ever increasing number of posts would force us to dramatically increase the membership fee.
We illustrate how cultures think and how they work. By providing examples. From many areas of society. Examples reveal patterns in behavior. It’s not what we say that we do. It’s what we actually and factually do.
We enable colleagues to help each other. To submit and to respond to questions. Not a low-value chatroom. Instead specific, concrete, practical. Where members can gain deeper insight. About how culture influences collaboration.
We provide exercises. These are real-world situations. So that colleagues can apply to their work what they have come to understand at a deeper level. As colleagues. Together. It’s their collaboration. They decide how best to work with each other.
We identify, describe, and contrast how cultures think and work. By answering the three key questions stated above. Research is our core strength. We strive to get to the truth. By doing our homework. With care, diligence, and respect.
UC’s creator is John Otto Magee.