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Understanding Cultural Differences Germans, French and Americans

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ISBN-10: 1877864072

ISBN-13: 9781877864070

Edition: 1989

Authors: Edward T. Hall, Mildred Reed Hall

List price: $29.95
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Human resource management, at home and abroad, means assisting the corporation's most valuable asset-its people.Understanding Cultural Differences: Germans, French and Americans contributes to this effort by explaining the cultural context in which corporations in Germany, France and the U.S. operate and how misunderstandings arise among employees from each country. Based on interviews with top German, French, and American executives and on extensive research in intercultural relations, Edward T. Hall and Mildred Reed Hall offer insights to each country's unique approach to business and practical advice on day-to-day transactions in international business exchanges.Designed for Americans, Germans, and French alike, this book examines all three countries both individually and in relation to each other, covering topics like concepts of time, communication styles, cultural values, psychological mindsets, stereotypes, business etiquette, and the physical distances between individuals when they interact. The Halls emphasize behavior you can expect in the social and business culture of each country, pointing out possible pitfalls in understanding and communication, and offer insightful advice for coping. A model for cross-cultural analysis, Understanding Cultural Differences is a valuable guide for American, German, and French business executives. Contents Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Key Concepts: Underlying Structures of Culture 1 Culture is Communication 2 Fast and Slow Messages 3 High and Low Context 4 Space 5 Time 6 Time as Communication 7 Information Flow: Is it Fast or Slow and Where Does it Go? 8 Action Chains: The Importance of Completion 9 Interfacing: Creating the Proper Fit 10 Releasing the Right Responses Summary Part 2: The Germans 11 German Culture 12 German Psychology 13 German Business Part 3: The French 14 French Culture 15 French Psychology 16 French Business Part 4: The Americans 17 American Culture 18 American Psychology 19 American Business Summary Glossary Reading List Index
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication date: 7/27/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Nina Bawden was born in Ilford, Essex, England on January 19, 1925. She received a B.A. in 1946 and a M.A. in 1951 from Somerville College, Oxford. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 40 books for both children and adults. Her first adult novel was published in 1953. Her books for adults include Circles of Deceit, The Ruffian on the Stair, and Dear Austen. Her first children's book The Secret Passage was published in 1963. Her children's books include Kept in the Dark, Humbug, The Birds on the Trees, Carrie's War, The Outside Child, Granny the Pag, and Off the Road. She received numerous awards for her work including the 1976 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for The Peppermint Pig and the 1977 Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year Award for Afternoon of a Good Woman. She was made a CBE in 1995 and received the ST Dupont Golden Pen Award for a lifetime's contribution to literature in 2004. She died on August 22, 2012 at the age of 87.