Understanding Global Cultures Metaphorical Journeys Through 31 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity

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ISBN-13: 9781412995931

Edition: 5th 2013

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In Understanding Global Cultures, Fifth Edition, authors Martin J. Gannon and Rajnandini Pillai present the cultural metaphor-any activity, phenomenon, or institution with which the members of a given culture identify emotionally or cognitively-as a method for understanding the cultural mindsets of individual nations, clusters of nations, and even continents. The book shows how metaphors are guidelines to help outsiders quickly understand what members of a culture consider important. The fully updated Fifth Edition includes 31 nation-specific chapters, including a new Part XI on popular music as cultural metaphors, two completely new chapters on Vietnam and Argentina, revisions to all retained chapters, and a more explicit linkage between each cultural metaphor and current economic and business developments in each nation.
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List price: $88.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 680
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Rajnandini Pillai (Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1994) is a Professor of Management at the College of Business, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). She is also Executive Director and founding member of the Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at the university. Her areas of research interest are leadership and cross-cultural management. She has published her work on charismatic and transformational leadership, leadership and voting behavior, and cross-cultural differences in organizational justice in some of the leading journals in her field such as The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, and the Journal of International Business Studies. She has also co-edited two books, Teaching Leadership: Innovative Approaches for the 21st Century (2003) and Follower Perspectives on Leadership (2007) and is co-author of the 4th edition of Understanding Global Cultures with Martin J. Gannon. She serves on the editorial board of The Leadership Quarterly. Rajnandini Pillai has held mid level management positions in the banking industry in India, consulted with organizations in the U.S. on leadership effectiveness, and conducted workshops on leadership and global issues. She has received awards for excellence in teaching and research including the College of Business Outstanding Professor Award, the Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar Award, the CSUSM Presidentrsquo;s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity, and the Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award.

Martin J. Gannon (PhD, Columbia University) is Professor of International Management and Strategy, College of Business Administration, California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM). He is also Professor Emeritus, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park. At Maryland he held several administrative positions, including the Associate Deanship for Academic Affairs and the Founding Directorship of the Center for Global Business, and received the University's International Landmark Award. In 2014, Professor Gannon received the Outstanding Educator Award from the International Management Division of the Academy of Management. Professor Gannon has authored or co-authored nearly 100 articles and 13 books, some in multiple editions and translations. These include Paradoxes of Culture and Globalization (2008), Handbook of Cross Cultural Management (2001), Dynamics of Competitive Strategy (1992), Managing without Traditional Methods: International Innovations in Human Resource Management (1996) and Ethical Dimensions of International Management (1997). Professor Gannon has been the Senior Research Fulbright Professor at the Center for the Study of Work and Higher Education in Germany and the John F. Kennedy/Fulbright Professor at Thammasat University in Bangkok, and has served as a visiting professor at several Asian and European universities. He has also been a consultant to many companies, government agencies, and labor unions. Professor Gannon has lived and worked in more than 30 nations as a visiting professor, consultant, and trainer. For additional information on Professor Gannon, please visit his homepage at California State University, San Marcos: faculty.csusm.edu/mgannon nbsp;

Preface: Understanding Cultures in Depth
Acknowledgments and Coauthors
Understanding Cultural Metaphors
Constructing Cultural Metaphors
Reading and Using this Book
When Culture Does, and Does Not, Matter
Authority-Ranking Cultures
The Thai Kingdom
Loose Vertical Hierarchy
Freedom and Equality
The Thai Smile
The Japanese Garden
Corporate Cultures
Garden as Metaphor
Wa and Shikata
Seishin Training
Combining Droplets or Energies
Similarities and Contrasts
Bedouin Jewelry and Saudi Arabia
The Desert Bedouins
Bold Form
Handcrafted Appearance
Traditional Design
Female Ownership
The Turkish Coffeehouse
Islam and Secularity
Recreation, Communication, and Community Integration
A Male Domain
A Modest Environment
Life Outside the Coffeehouse
Looking Ahead
D�n G�nh: The Two Sides of Vietnam
History of Occupation
The French Defeat and Division Into Two
The Metaphor: The Dualities of D�n G�nh
The Polish Village Church
Historical Background
Central Place of the Catholic Church
The Partitioning and Polish Identity
Kimchi and Korea
The 60th Birthday
Strangers by Day, Lovers by Night
Kimchi's Public Role
The Irish of Asia
Scandinavian Egalitarian Cultures
The Swedish Stuga
Love of Untrammeled Nature and Tradition
Individualism Through Self-Development
The Finnish Sauna
From Survival to Political and Economic Success
Sauna: A Secular "Holy" Place of Equality
Communication: Comfort With Quietude
The Danish Christmas Luncheon
Interdependent Individualism
Geographic Ambivalence
Other Egalitarian Cultures
The German Symphony
Diversity of Musical Instruments
Positional Arrangements of the Musicians
Conductors and Leaders
Precision and Synchronicity
The Unfinished Symphony
Irish Conversations
Intersection of Gaelic and English
Prayer as Conversation
A Free-Flowing Conversation: Irish Hospitality
Places of Conversations: Irish Friends and Families
Ending a Conversation
The Canadian Backpack and Flag
Egalitarianism and Outlook
The Canadian Mosaic
Canadians as Non-U.S. Americans
French Wine
The Maturation Process
The Changing Portrait
Market-Pricing Cultures
American Football
The Tailgate Party
Pregame and Halftime Entertainment
Strategy and War
Selection, the Training Camp, and the Playbook
Individual Specialized Achievement Within the Team Structure
Aggression, High Risks, and Unpredictable Outcomes
The Church of Football and Celebrating Perfection
The Traditional British House
The Traditional House
History, Politics, Economics: Laying the Foundations
Growing Up British: Building the House
Being British: Living in the House
Cleft National Cultures
The Malaysian Balik Kampung
Returning to Nearby Roots
Authority Ranking
Reinforcing Common Values
The Nigerian Marketplace
Social Dynamism
Balancing Tradition and Change
The Israeli Kibbutzim and Moshavim
Explicit Values
Size and Behavioral Outcomes
Traumas, Worldview, and Personality
The Italian Opera
The Overture
Pageantry and Spectacle
Chorus and Soloists
Belgian Lace
A Land of Contrasts
Cooperation and Harmony
Torn National Cultures
The Mexican Fiesta
Primary Focus on People
The Emphasis on Religion
Experiencing the Present
Freedom Within the Social Order
The Russian Ballet
Echelons of the Ballet
Drama and Realism
The Russian Soul
The Base Culture and its Diffusion Across Borders (Clusters of Nations): the Example of China
China's Great Wall and Cross-Cultural Paradox
The Great Wall: Long, Tortuous, and Complex History
Confucianism and Taoism
Sun Tzu, War, and the Marketplace
The Chinese Family Altar
The Singapore Hawker Centers
Ethnic Diversity but Unity
The Power of Women
Synthesizing Traditional and New Values
India, Shiva, and Diversity
India: The Dance of Shiva
Cyclical Hindu Philosophy
The Cycle of Life
The Family Cycle
The Cycle of Social Interaction
The Work and Recreation (Rejuvenation) Cycle
India: A Kaleidoscope of Diversity
The Kaleidoscope of Religions and Cultural Celebrations
Images of Festivals and Feasts
Cell Phones, Call Centers, and Curriculum
The Changing Image of Cricket
Same Metaphor, Different Meanings
The Spanish Bullfight
Soly Sombra
The Pompous Entrance Parade
Audience Involvement
The Ritual of the Bullfight
The Portuguese Bullfight
Pride in Traditions
Stratification Amid Unity
Artistry and Human Gore
Profitless Bravery
Popular Music as Cultural Metaphors
The Brazilian Samba
Small-Step Circularity
Physical Touch
Spontaneous Escape
Paradox of Dancers
The Argentine Tango
The Tango's Evolution
Tango Music and Composers
The Dynamics of the Dance
Tango Singers and their Lyrics
Gender Relations
Applying What We've Learned
Perspectives on Continents
Australian Outdoor Recreational Activities
Capturing the Imagination
New Realities: Beyond Stereotypes
Equality Matching Among the Tall Poppies
The Sub-Saharan African Bush Taxi
A Short History of Africa
African Time Orientation and Fatalism
Communalism and Community Sharing
Hierarchy in African Society: Seating Arrangements in the Bush Taxi
Photo Credits
About the Authors
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