These are selected sources located at the Library or available online that can provide information on communication and behavioral differences between cultures in a business environment. The sources have been arranged geographically by the categories below.
Tip: For information on a country, check sources in the worldwide section as well as in the appropriate regional section.
Using the Guide:
- Find Cultural Overviews - The sources listed in the guide have been arranged geographically and mostly represent concise summaries of the major characteristics of the business culture in each country. To find information for a country, check sources in the Worldwide section as well as the appropriate regional section. The information covered varies from source to source, so it is worthwhile looking at several different ones.
- Compare Cultures - A useful tool for highlighting the cultural differences between two countries is Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions listed in the Worldwide sources section. Follow the link to the Hofstede website and select a country to see how it scores on Hofstede's five cultural dimensions (Power Distance Index, Individualism, Masculinity, Uncertainty Avoidance Index, and Long-Term Orientation) as defined on the Dimensions page. Then select a second country or even a third country to compare it with.
- More Resources - For more in-depth analysis and discussion of a country's business culture and intercultural management challenges, look for books and articles following the instructions in the Further Research section.