There are differences between cultures. The differences influence cross-border collaboration. The better colleagues understand them, the better they collaborate.
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. Countries
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? Contrasts
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. Patterns
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. Topics
We present our core content – Countries and Contrasts – in English and in the languages of the countries. Patterns are only in English. Translating that volume of content would force us to dramatically increase the membership fee. Languages
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