1. Give three examples from the video of how different cultures do fundamental things in different ways.
2. Howare these things done in Norway?
- Greeting each other
- How we dress
- How and what we eat
- E.g., Norwegians (both men and women) greet each other by shakinghands.
1. Why does the video say that stereotypes can be dangerous?
2. Come up with the stereotype description for TWO of the cultures we focus on in the course.
-Stereotypes take a few group characteristics and then apply them to individuals.
- Stereotypes are only partially accurate; they are not the whole picture.
- Stereotypes are toonarrow.
- Individuals don’t like being categorized. They may be offended.
1. According to the video, how does the American orientation to time differ from some other cultures?2. How might you explain the American orientation to time?
- The Americans are rigid-time oriented, while many of the cultures portrayed in the video were fluid-time oriented.- One explanation might be that the American business culture is deal-focused. For Americans time is money and a quick decision is a good decision.
1. What criticisms did peoplemake about American business people?
2. What might be the reasons for these “cultural clashes”?
- When they are abroad they forget that they are the foreigners.
- They wanteverything done instantly.
- They overstate their accomplishments.
- They don’t mix the feelings of the heart with the feelings of the head.
- They think that what you cando in the US you can do all over the world.
- One reason might be that all cultures are ethnocentric; we all think our own way of doing things is best.