Intercultural management. Cross-cultural Communication.


Learning unit: Intercultural management. Syllabus:

- The culture and the global society.
- Religion and international business.
- High and low context culture (Edward Hall).
- Cultural dimension (Hofstede): Power distance, Individual, Long-Term orientation...
- The seven dimensions of culture.
- Cross-cultural communication and the international marketing plan.
- Intercultural management and international business.
- Cultural patterns and markets.
- Countries classification.
- Key strategies to dealing with new cultures.
- Case study:
   - Ceramic tiles perception in different markets.
   - Hofstede's dimensions and World's Religions.
- How to negotiate successfully in...

Religions Ethics Business
: the main objective of Intercultural management learning unit is to gain an understanding of the nature of different cultures and how to adapt our international marketing strategies to different countries.

In this unit you will learn about adapting our marketing approach to different markets.

This will be achieved by:

  • Examining how diversity of culture can influence the outcome of a marketing plan.
  • Outlining key strategies to dealing with new cultures.
  • Detailing major theories on the subject.
  • Highlighting important errors to be avoided when dealing with different cultures.

Sample of the learning unit Intercultural management:
Intercultural management

This learning unit "Intercultural management" is part of the:

Learning materials En or Fr N├ęgociation Interculturelle En Negociacion intercultural Pt

Learning unit summary (Intercultural management)

Intercultural Negotiation is one of the most important and difficult aspects in International trade.

The exporter negotiates with individuals from countries with very different cultures and habits. If the exporter does not adopt an open and respectful attitude towards these cultures he will hardly achieve success in his business. He should try to learn the idiosyncrasies of each market.

Religion impacts on many areas of international marketing. It can restrict the types of products consumers may purchase or use. It also influences how the products are promoted.

The self-reference criterion (James A Lee) as an unconscious reference to ones own cultural values, experiences and knowledge as a basis for decisions. The self-reference criterion impedes the ability to assess a foreign market in its true light.

Edward Hall divides cultures into two types, according to its context:

  • High-context culture. Context rather than content is of significance. Fewer legal documents are used in these cultures, where one's word is one's bond and this makes negotiations a lot slower.
  • Low-context culture. With clear and explicit messages in which written words transmit most of the information. Legal documents are considered essential. Europe and the United States are examples of these cultures. Social position is also a dominant factor and knowledge of it a must for negotiation. Japan and Arab countries are examples of these cultures.

Hofstede Theory is based on the assumption that countries can be compared with each other by rating the following parameters:

  • Power Distance Orientation (distance from power)
  • Individual vs. Collective Orientation
  • Dominant Values Orientation (Masculinity or feminity)
  • Uncertainty Avoidance Orientation (Distance from uncertainty)
  • Short Term vs. Long Term Orientation

Cross-cultural Communication

How to negotiate successfully in...

- America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela
- Africa: D.R. Congo, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal
- MENA and Middle East: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
- Europe: Czech Republic, Portugal, Russia
- Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam

Hinduism Ethics business

Four Noble Truths

Five Pillars Islam


(c) EENI- Business School (1995-2015)
EENI Business School