Dimensions of culture, values, and communication: explore and examine experiences with "being on the edges" of the cultural norm. Address one or more of the following questions:
a. Explore a time when you felt at odds with a cultural norm or norms. Keep in mind that a norm is a set of culturally ingrained principles of correct and incorrect behaviors. Think about this in the broadest sense. Some examples would be your family background, your religion, your race/ethnicity, your size and appearance, your social class (either the one you were born into or the one you currently occupy), your age, your job, your choice of an intimate partner, your politics, where you live (now or in the past), your cultural background, etc.
b. Explore a time when you perceived someone or some group as being outside or excluded from a dominant culture.
c. Consider when you have experienced yourself as being part of a dominant culture. What conditions or "rules" allowed you to be part of the norm?
d. Can you conceive of a time or a situation in which there were ever any "benefits" of being placed in the "cultural outsider" category? Explain.
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Culture is a very important aspect in every person's life. Each culture has various diverse customs and etiquette that often seem odd to those who are not familiar with that particular culture. Although they do differ, they are all unique in their own way. Considering the level of multiculturalism in the United States, it is obvious that there would be a constant level of miscommunication and misunderstanding in certain cultural situations. Issues such as parent-child relationships, religion, family, education, familial duty, sexuality, work-ethic, etc. are all part of the normative cultural experience that differs not only with each culture - but often within that cultural depending on demographic factors.
In my own case, this has been particularly evident when dealing with the manner in which cross-cultural behaviors affect business decisions and business dealings with members of other cultures. For instance, the basic beliefs and behaviors of people reflect the cultural impact on international management. Firms conducting businesses globally have to deal with clients, strategic partners, distributors, and competitors with different cultural mindsets. By nature, managerial work is a "cultural bound" job, thus, national culture affects all level of operations-from interpersonal communication to formulation of strategy. Differences in cultural values often result in varying management practices. For instance, a person's class or status within a society is dictated by how the particular culture values the person in comparison to others. "Social stratification" (the ways in which ranking is determined) varies substantially from culture to culture and affects various business functions such as ...
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