Riding the Waves of Culture
A few years ago (…) I became interested in international (transnational) management. While living in Switzerland, I was working in Spain and just had to understand the true meaning of mañana. Trompenaars and Hofstede pointed me in the right
A few years ago (…) I became interested in international (transnational) management. While living in Switzerland, I was working in Spain and just had to understand the true meaning of mañana. Trompenaars and Hofstede pointed me in the right direction for some understanding.
Our behavior is deeply rooted in our culture. This book shares some light on what culture is and what that means to (global) organisations. Culture is our collective system of meaning. It determines what we find interesting, how we behave and what we find worthwhile. The essence of culture is hard to grasp. Culture is like gravity. You don’t smell it nor see it, but just jump up one meter (or yard…).
A book written with the objective to demonstrate there is no best way of managing and organizing. It urges you to recognize cultural differences (and how they possible impact the way we work together) and at least understand your own culture. Trompenaars writes in a easy to understand style. A bit of theory, mixed with practical examples. E.g. practical tips when doing business e.g. in a universalistic culture (when you are coming from a particularistic culture). A summery per chapter and a grand summery complete this work. Sometimes the examples are practical indeed (when invited to someone’s home, do you feel free to take drinks out of their fridge?). Not in Holland, btw.
A helpful framework for understand and reconciling cultural differences. More information at http://www.7d-culture.nl I would not mind to take part in one of their training sessions one day.
BTW, mañana’s true meaning – if there is any- is ‘not today’.