Class 5

Reading at the computers:
Italian Business Culture


These are some cues as to how others perceive Italians as different. What kinds of things are they talking about? Where do you think these ideas come from?

What do we know about the business cultures about which we've read?

Activity: You are the consultants, Saudi Arabia

level of formality
type of language — formal, colloquial, idiomatic, sector-specific
physical interactions and gestures
personal space
ways of speaking — tones, interjections and interruptions, rapidity, silences, emotionality
hierarchies and colleagial relations
business relationships
hours of business, holidays
topics of conversation
religious concerns
gender relations

More negotiations

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Beyond Stereotypes, Photos and Essay

Shouting Across the Divide, from This American Life

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