In a world increasingly interconnected, you can’t afford to ignore the existence of cultures other than yours.
Why is that?
Here are a few questions for you:
The management of multicultural aspects becomes more and more important both in personal and professional life.
To understand concepts that can help us manage complex situations, we may have to attend a long and specific training path, both theoretical and practical.
Exploring Culture, designed to be a tool for trainers, is also suitable for managers, coaches, students and educators.
I decided to present it to you because the book
Exploring Culture brings Geert Hofstede’s five dimensions of national culture to life.
Gert Jan Hofstede and his co-authors Paul Pedersen and Geert Hofstede introduce synthetic cultures, the ten “pure” cultural types derived from the extremes of the five dimensions: the result is a playful book of practice that is firmly rooted in theory.
I think that whoever deals with national cultures will find this book very valuable at several levels:
Part light, part serious, but always thought-provoking, this unique book approaches training through the three-part process of building awareness, knowledge, and skills.
It leads the reader through the first two components with more than 75 activities, dialogues, stories, and incidents; the Synthetic Culture Laboratory and two full simulations fulfil the skill-building component.
Exploring Culture is suitable for students, trainers, managers, coaches and educators; it can be used for individual study or as a text, and it serves as an excellent partner to Geert Hofstede’s popular Cultures and Organizations.
Before going over the contents of the book, here is a short video with Gert Jan Hofstede speaking about the Perspective on Cultures.
Part I: Stories and Exercises
Chapter 1: Worlds Apart in One Village
Chapter 2: Culture: The Rules of the Social Game
Part II: Synthetic Cultures
Chapter 3: The Ten Synthetic Culture Profiles
Chapter 4: Getting to Know the Synthetic Cultures
Chapter 5: Dialogues in Synthetic Culture Role
Chapter 6: Summing Up
Part III: Group Work and Simulations
Chapter 7: Group Work for Cross-Cultural Learning
Chapter 8: Using Synthetic Cultures in Simulations
Chapter 9: The Trade Mission
Chapter 10: Follow-the-Sun Global Technology Team
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