What Business Needs to Know about Commonsense in Other Culture Workplaces: SELECTED BEST SOURCES

Here are some Best Sources about Commonsense in Other Culture Workplaces.

THE GAP. I’ve been reading on this subject for a couple years. Seems to me there are few if any sources that directly address this subject as related to BAM. The general consensus among business experts is that it is a very important area AND very, very neglected . . . with reportable negative consequences.

THE AMALGAM. Business and culture are inseparable. Business, as done in the America*, is done like Americans would do it. Business, as done in Other Cultures**, is done like Other Cultures would do it. (Are some of you trying to fit our square culture* into round culture** holes?)

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Adler, Nancy J. International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, multiple editions.
This is the classic textbook.

Foster, Dean Allen. Bargaining Across Borders: How to Negotiate Business Successfully Anywhere in the World. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1992.
Very readable.
Amusingly, Foster says elsewhere: “Cross-cultural competency is not what happens after listening to, reading, or interacting with information about how to behave in a particular culture in a particular circumstance.  Sleep is usually what happens when one listens to, reads, or interacts with passively accessed information like this.”

Gundling, Ernest. working GlobeSmart: 12 People Skills for Doing Business Across Borders. Mountain View, CA: Davies-Black Publishing, 2003.
By the founder of Aperian Global. Probably the best.

Lederleitner, Mary T. Cross-Cultural Partnerships: Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVaristy Press, 2010.
Cultural difference and money matters seem to inevitably lead to conflicts. Sensitive and sensible help here.

Nolan, Riall W. Communicating and Adapting Across Cultures: Living and Working in the Global Village. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 1999.
Start with Chapter 13 “At Work.”

Steers, Richard M., Carlos J. Sanchez-Runde and Luciara Nardon.  Management Across Cultures: Challenges and Strategies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press: 2010.
Dense with examples. From p. 79: “Managers must uncover hidden cultural assumptions to become aware of how culture is shaping the perceptions, expectations, and behaviors of all involved parties.”

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TERMS

“Workplace” refers to industry and commerce, or business practice in the broadest sense.

“Other culture” is any culture but your own.

“Commonsense” is how people in a culture think and act without much consideration for how to think and act; presumed expectation.

“BAM” is business as mission. For details, see http://www.ibecventures.com/blog/what-are-some-examples-of-triple-bottom-line-kingdom-businesses]

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Towards Business As Mission becoming skilled culturally. Alongside West African colleagues who train workers to go cross-culturally. Learning, teaching, communicating, and being with others to make disciples for Jesus who welcomes all.
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