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    Cultural Influences on Business Practices

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    Looking for a little assistance in getting started with the following discussion assignment:

    We are living in a time where trade is becoming more global by the day. With the globalization of trade, conducting business on a global basis requires a good understanding of various cultures. What works in one country might not work in another...in fact, it might be interpreted as an offense. For example, the okay sign in the United States is a very offense gesture in Germany, yet in Japan it refers to money and in France to signify zero.

    Finally, a pivotal role of a manager is to understand, or be aware, of cultural issues in the country you are operating out of. In this activity, you will have a chance to discuss specifically an international culture and its impact on business.

    For this discussion activity, I have to do the following:
    •Choose a country I am unfamiliar with, and research its specific culture. (any country will do)
    •What specific business practices would you expect to find in that country, based on its culture?
    •What expectations "culture-wise" would you have if you were to open a business in that country?
    •Are there any specific cultural items of concern that you would report back to your organizational leadership? What are they? Please explain.

    • This has to be 2 to 4 paragraphs (300 words minimum).
    And I have to Justify explanations by including in-text citations and your references in APA format as applicable.

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    The chosen country I am unfamiliar with is China. The culture of China can be examined from the perspective of Hofstede's dimensions. Power distance is high in China which means that inequalities amongst people are acceptable. Further, individualism in China is low which means that it has a collectivist culture. In-group considerations are important, and so are relationships. According to Hofestede's dimensions, China is a Masculine society (1). It is success oriented and driven. Chinese often sacrifice family and leisure for work. China has a low score on Uncertainty Avoidance. This means that Chinese are comfortable with ambiguity. The Chinese language has several ambiguities and is difficult for westerners to follow. On ...

    Solution Summary

    The answer to this problem explains cultural influences when doing business in a foreign country. The references related to the answer are also included.