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Cross-Cultural Communications in Different Countries

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

With the globalization of the world economy, organizations, especially multinational companies are culturally diverse in their formation of the workplace and in handling all types of business activities. The culturally diversified workplace has brought great vitality to the enterprise, as well as the challenge. Therefore, the world becomes increasingly complex. One factor of this complexity is the mixing of different cultures, languages and faiths, religions. Thus, cross-cultural communication is playing a more and more important role in the business world.

It is important for effective communication between colleagues and co-workers, managers and executives, managers and staff from different cultural backgrounds. It also ensures a group of people working harmoniously, and business conducting successfully. It is believed that the most successful company in the global region will be companies whose employees not only understand world economy and global competition, but also have the ability to communicate effectively with international partner. Entrepreneurs today are facing many problems in their cross-cultural communication. Thus, how to achieve effective cross-cultural business communication is becoming increasingly more important.

This thesis claimed that cultural conflicts arising from cultural differences have become a major obstacle to the success of cross-cultural business communication. In accordance with the methods and achievements discovered by prior experts and scholars, this thesis analyzes the cultural differences based on the following four points: difference in verbal communication; difference in nonverbal communication; difference in social values; difference in social customs. Finally, by the study of cultural differences and business communication, some suggestions are made on how to promote effective cross-cultural business communication. They are establishing mutual respect and understanding, enhancing multi-cultural awareness, improving business communication competence.

Cross-cultural communication is an exciting field and everyone should accept the idea that each kind of culture can actually contribute its share to the way we think about the world. It is expected that through this thesis everyone can realize the significance of cross-cultural business communication and show their respect to every culture and try to avoid cultural conflict. If we all have good knowledge of cross-cultural business communication, we can surely make a win-win game in international business stage. At last, everyone who has encountered cultural shock or paid great attention to this research field should contribute his or her share to broader understanding of it.

How to Do Better in Cross-Cultural Communication

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

With the fast development of the whole world, people need to communicate with others of different cultures. And cultural communication may seem to be more difficult than the communication with people of the similar cultures. Because different cultures can make the habits and customs vary a lot. The following are some points on how to make the cross cultural communication more successful.

Firstly, you are required to get enough knowledge on their cultures. The best way is to have some practical experience to learn the culture which can make you have a better understanding on their native culture. Maybe you don’t have so much time to learn them. You can buy some books about the history, the customs, their festivals and the characteristics of the people.

Secondly, choose the right ways to show your respect to their culture. Showing your respect to others can make them more ease and also lead to successful communication. It is more proper to avoid tedious speech and you had better give the other person more opportunity to interpret. Sometimes, silence can be a good way to show respect. For example, when some serious issues are referred and a short time of silence show your thoughtfulness to the issues. Sometimes, the topic may be very familiar with you and you are urgent to share your special experience while the other people are talking about something. Interruption is expected to be acceptable in some cultures especially among men or equals. But it is not the case in the Northern European.

Thirdly, a successful conversation requires a good topic and proper humor when necessary. You should choose appropriate topic according to the culture. In some cultures, it may seem to be vulgar to talk about the politics. So, you had better get more knowledge on which topics will not arouse hostility but happiness. For different people, the sense of humor can vary a lot. If you really want to use some humors in communication, you must have deeper understanding of the cultures.

Although cultural differences may cause some difficulties in the communication, the best way to solve this problem is to get enough preparation before hand and pay enough attention to the important points in cultural communication. You can have a good conversation with the people of different cultures so long as you get better understanding of them as well as their culture.