June26th

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Living and being educated internationally and in a very international environment has taught me a lot. I will soon be adding more insights I’ve learned here and from all my classes as time progresses, but for now. I’ve come across some interesting artifacts in my studies for Cultural Issues in International Business. I’m really enjoying reading this text book, because so much of it is common sense, but not thought about until it is pointed out to you verbatim.

For example:

For me and much of the rest of the world, the British don’t drive on the left side of the road, they drive on the wrong side of the road.

 

This is pretty revealing isn’t it?

Although very hard to do, it’s becoming more and more necessary to attempt to view other cultures without so much bias from our own.

As the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard once said “To open our eyes to the absurdity of our own customs is the charm and benefit of travel.”

 

Think about it…

 

– Ross

 

P.S. – the text book, if you’re interested, is Managing Across Cultures by Susan Schneider and Jean-Louis Barsoux. It’s very well-written and a nice read for a text book.

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