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?)


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.”


“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]


About rbuddglobal

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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