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Richard Lewis: When Cultures Collide: Leading across Cultures. 4. The Use of Time 5 . Bridging the Communication Gap 7. Status, Leadership and Organization. The Use of Time. How does the author describe the difference between linear and multi-active use of time?

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richard lewis when cultures collide leading across cultures

Richard Lewis:When Cultures Collide: Leading across Cultures

4. The Use of Time

5. Bridging the

Communication Gap

7. Status, Leadership and

Organization

the use of time
The Use of Time
  • How does the author describe the difference between linear and multi-active use of time?
  • Give examples of problems that may occur in business meetings when participants view time differently.
  • Which individual cultures are the most concerned with “time-keeping”? How does Mr. Lewis describe the American concept of time?
the use of time1
The Use of Time
  • Explain the concept of cyclic time.
  • Describe the way the Chinese view time. Why does the author refer to this as “a double standard”?
  • How do the Japanese relate to time?
  • Do you think cultures generally will have a more linear-oriented concept of time in the future? Why/ why not?
bridging the communication gap
BridgingtheCommunication Gap
  • Language is a powerful tool. According to Mr Lewis, how do the French and the English use their languages? Do you accept this view?
  • How does he describe the Spanish/ Italian use of language as compared to German communication style?
  • How are the Scandinavians seen as similar – and different – in their use of language?
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BridgingtheCommunication Gap
  • How does the author contrast American and British use of language? (See Comp. pages 39-40, 49-50)
  • How does the Japanese language differ from most other languages?
  • Mr. Lewis emphasizes that different cultures “use different speech styles, wielding their language in the national manner...”. What effect does this have when people of different nationalities use English as a lingua franca then?
communication patterns
Communication Patterns
  • Compare the French and German communication patterns used at meetings (Comp. p. 43)How different are they?
  • How do English and Swedish communication patterns differ?
  • Compare UK, US and Japanese listening habits. Which cultures would be the better match?
the language of management
The Languageof Management
  • HowwouldyoucomparetheGerman and theJapaneselanguagesofmanagement?
  • According to Mr. Lewis, theArabic and Russianlanguagesalso have somekeycharacteristicsthatweshould know about. Which?
status leadership and organization
Status, Leadership and Organization
  • Sum up theauthor’sviewoftheinterculturalcompetenceof ”the Big Five” and thechallenges he sees in the 21st century.
  • SummarizethemaindifferencesbetweentheGerman, French, and British conceptsofleadership.
  • To whatextentdoestheSwedishconceptofleadershipdiffer from the American one?
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Status, Leadership and Organization
  • What is a crucial element ofleadership in India?
  • How has Confucianisminfluencedtheconceptofleadership in Asia?
  • According to theauthor, is theAsian ”familymodel” efficient, and will it be adopted in the West? Why/ why not?
  • Closingcomments