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Engineers Without Borders. November 12, 2011 Dr. Suzanne Droleskey. Explicit Culture . Explicit Culture – What we perceive with our senses. Behaviors. Attitudes and Beliefs. Core Values. Implicit Culture. Below the Waterline-

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November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Engineers Without Borders

November 12, 2011 Dr. Suzanne Droleskey


November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Explicit Culture

Explicit

Culture –

What we

perceive

with our

senses.

Behaviors

Attitudes and Beliefs

Core Values


November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Implicit Culture

Below the Waterline-

Concepts and ideas that differ from culture to culture.

Styles of Interaction/Relationships

Communication Preferences

World Views


Domestic view international view

What is U.S. Culture?

Shared

Charac-teristics

Many Groups

Domestic View International View


November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Sample Elements of Culture

Caution:

You are about to hear broad generalizations related to cultural groups – to presume that ALL people of any cultural group behave or believe in identical ways stereotypes them.

Concept of Self

Concept of Time

Degree of Directness

Level of Context

Achievement over Time

Rules & Relationships

Concept of Space


November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Concept of Self

After six weeks, you and two others have completed a special project. The three of you have been awarded a prize of $20,000 for the project. How should the money be distributed?

  • Person A did 30% of the work

  • Person B did 60% of the work

  • Person C did 10% of the work

  • Concept of Self

Individualist Collectivist


November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Concept of Time

How do you respond when one friend or acquaintance knowingly arrives 45 minutes late to your eight person dinner party?

  • Expect an explanation (and perhaps and apology)

  • Have no problem with it, and proceed as if nothing unusual had happened

Concept of Time

Monochronic Polychronic


November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Degree of Directness

If the leadership in your project location had a problem with your design or plans, would you prefer they tell you that directly or drop hints, (perhaps through other people) that you may need to piece together and figure out?

  • Degree of Directness

Direct Indirect


Storti personal cultural scales by target areas

Storti: Personal Cultural Scales by Target Areas

Concept of Self

US UK F G

R,I,S J ME, M A SEA,C

Individualist Collectivist

Concept of Time

J R F,S C SEA I,A,ME,M

USUK G

Monochronic Polychronic

Degree of Directness

G US

F, R S,UK I ME,M A,SEA,C J

Direct Indirect


Rules vs relationships

Rules vs. Relationships

Universalists/Generalists:

Rule Dominated

Particularistic:

Relationship Dominated


Level of context communication preferences

Explicit verbal communication

Low

Context

Level of Context:Communication Preferences

Opinions

Values

Feelings and context convey less of the message

Context and feelings

Values

Opinions

High

Context

Words convey a minimal part of the message


November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Achievement over Time:

Cultural Priorities

Cultural Priorities: Achievement over time:

Focus

on

Function/ Relationships

Results

Time Passing

Focus

on

Results/Tasks

Results

Time Passing


Storti personal cultural scales by target areas1

Storti: Personal Cultural Scales by Target Areas

Rule vs. Relationships

USUK

J F R S I,M, SEA A,C, ME

Universalist Particularist

Role of Context

R FI,S, UK M,ME, SEA A,C, J

USG

Low Context High Context

Achievement over Time

J US, G, UK

I,C, M, SEA, ME, F, S, R,A

Achievement Quality of Life


Proximity intimate distance personal distance social distance public distance

Proxemics: Culture and Space

Proximity

Intimate Distance

Personal Distance

Social Distance

Public Distance


Domestic view international view1

Remember: People Outside Looking In Miss Complexities

Shared

Characteristics

Many Groups

Domestic View International View


November 12 2011 dr suzanne droleskey

Remember: Cultural Perspective Makes a Difference


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