Of course, stories about cultural differences and stereotypes have long been a staple of dinner-table conversations and the source of much amusement. But Western multinationals are sinking a huge amount of money into India, China, and Brazil, and emerging giants in those countries are setting up operations both in developed world markets and in other emerging markets. Any business with global aspirations must take seriously cultural differences in general and around failure in particular. Those differences are a central theme in our research.
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You do not need a lot of experience in life to realise that people perceive failure and success very differently and that these perceptions are based on the cultures we develop in. As the expansion of western businesses in courtiers such as India, China, and Brazil Trompenaars and Woolliams, is increasingly emerging, there has been a lot of research being conducted around the cultural differences in various countries.
In their research, Fons Trompenaars and Peter Woolliams , have surveyed various countries to determine the internal and external environmental factors in societies — meaning which cultures believe that they control their environment or it controls them. They also examined policy-oriented or rule-centred societies with relationship-centred societies to study cultures who put relationships above regulations and vice versa Trompenaars and Woolliams, They also observed actions in cultures in which failure was viewed as the responsibility of a team or an individual.
In each category of research, the advantages and disadvantages were observed, and the results were fascinating. For instance, the following infographics report the percentage of people in countries in which they believe their environments are internally or externally controlled following by the pros and cons of such societies.
Besides, their findings revealed that in individualistic countries such as the US or Canada, employees are very independent, and often they compete with one another. Although this behaviour often results in toxic workplace relationships it also increases productivity and revenue.
In contrary, in communitarian countries, such as Indonesia, teams take responsibility for individual errors. All these behaviours and actions are a result of cultural values and practices in which people belong to Swidler, Murray, A. The Wall Street Journal. Trompenaars, F. Harvard Business Review. Swidler, A. American Sociological Review. Available from: doi Design x Cultural Meaning.
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Lost in Translation
People vary enormously in how they perceive and respond to failure, and those perceptions and responses are shaped by the cultures in which they grew up or now work. Western multinationals are sinking a huge amount of money into India, China, and Brazil, and emerging giants in those countries are setting up operations in world markets as well. Any business with global aspirations must take seriously cultural differences in general and around failure in particular. Drawing on the findings of a global survey that has been ongoing for 30 years, Trompenaars and Woolliams have identified the dimensions along which people from various cultures differ regarding failure. They discuss the five most important of those dimensions: 1 Do we view our environment as internally or externally controlled? The authors describe how some forward-looking companies are managing to reconcile cultural differences to create a powerful platform for innovation. Apr 1,
Lost in Translation by Fons Trompenaars
Below are the available bulk discount rates for each individual item when you purchase a certain amount. Publication Date: April 01, People vary enormously in how they perceive and respond to failure, and those perceptions and responses are shaped by the cultures in which they grew up or now work. Western multinationals are sinking a huge amount of money into India, China, and Brazil, and emerging giants in those countries are setting up operations in world markets as well.
Toggle navigation. Fons Trompenaars Netherlands. Download Profile Buy Products. Introduction Fons has spent over 25 years helping Fortune leaders and professionals manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalization, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development. He experienced cultural differences firsthand at home, where he grew up speaking both French and Dutch, and then later at work with Shell in nine countries.