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I need notes to compile a 2-3 pg paper evaluating reasons why people may not appreciate the cultural point of view of others. And steps that an expanding company can take and policies that can be put in place to help ensure the company's expansion is successful. I also need at least 5 references, with at least 3 sociological references.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on cultural viewpoints, differences, and barriers with a focus on the effect of such to a company expansion abroad. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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Cultural Viewpoints

The world is made up of a myriad of cultures, peoples, ethnicities and nations. We are spread out, the billions of us, across this planet. Our realities in terms of our environment, climate, economy, politics and culture - they are bound to be different. But what we do share is our humanity - our emotions, our hopes, our needs, our beliefs and our ideals. In today's world connected by the internet, by efficient transportation and communication systems, more than ever we have become interdependent and more knowledgeable of each other, about our lives, about languages, about how we live. We trade, we negotiate and we get into conflict. But we also have systems of arbitration and ways of relating so that in this, our time, we have managed to have a sense of collectiveness as human beings in our pursuit for life and development. This however means that we still hold a myriad of differences being that our cultures are different so that our beliefs, our languages, our politics, our needs, our motivations and our socialization - they shaped and continue to shape us in ways different from each other.

To understand this, it is important to note what socialization means. It is the process by which we learn culture, through education and experience. We are socialized at home, in school, in the communities we are a part of, in things we experience, see, hear, learn and imbibe. We learn knowledge, religion, cultural skills, language, ways of doing and living in formal and informal settings. In doing so, we then become equipped to survive and thrive in society. But because there are so many different cultures we get socialized different. Our beliefs are different, our ethical and moral standards as well as motivations are different. People can get into conflict with each other because of this, ...

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