Determine cultural conflicts between Mexico and your home country

26 03 2007

This site will help determine possible cultural conflicts between your home culture and Mexico.

It compares 4 dimensions of cultural differences; Power Distance, Individuality, Uncertainty Avoidance and Masculinity.

From the site: “Welcome to the Intercultural Business Communication tool. This simple online tool offers a great resource for people wanting to get some intercultural business communication tips when working with people from different cultures. All you do is choose your own country and another country and we produce a graph that shows the the major differences between the two cultures. You then get some insightful intercultural business communication tips for working in or with that culture.”

Intercultural Business Communication Tool

It provides a comparison between the countries, and then provides tips in order to reduce or manage this cultural gap.

Very interesting.

Related Links

Intercultural Business Communication Tool – Kwintessential Language and Cultural Specialists

Geerte Hofstede, Cultural Dimensions

Cultural Misunderstanding- it can happen to you

Create great international business relationships


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2 responses

27 03 2007
ChivaCongelado

Hofstede’s dimensions. Useful to give you an idea, but you can’t base a whole business plan on that. They are just too broad, and some of his findings are still rooted in the 70’s, when he took that IBM survey.

27 03 2007
Lee

ChivaCongelado,

Always appreciate your comments and ideas, thank you for participating once again.

Totally agree with you on this one. Countries and their culture have changed enormously in the past 30+ years, and new problems, situations and challenges present themselves to the global business traveller.

The Mexico of 2007 is far different than the Mexico of 1970 or 1980. Learn as much as you can before you go to Mexico, then go to Mexico and re-learn it.

Best advice I ever heard about doing business internationally was to “keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut”.

Lee

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