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Title: Culture Shock


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Culture Shock
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A True Story
  • A professor went to Germany on sabbatical leave.
  • In Germany he had difficulty finding a mentor for
    his project.
  • He became discouraged and blamed discrimination
    because he was American.

3
A True Story
  • He started to eat alone and brood in his room.
  • One day his path was blocked by a German lady
    with a baby carriage.
  • Another German out to get him!

4
A True Story
  • Enraged he almost struck the lady with his
    briefcase
  • Unnerved by his reaction, he locked himself in
    his hotel for the rest of his sabbatical.
  • Although he was fluent in German he was unable to
    complete his task.

5
What is Culture Shock?
  • Interaction between cultures causes stress.
  • Dealing with a myriad of cultural differences on
    a daily basis causes fatigue.
  • Excess stress and fatigue can lead to irrational
    responses.

6
Culture Shock is
  • a strong emotional reaction,
  • perfectly normal,
  • different for everyone!
  • also known as
  • Culture clash
  • Culture fatigue

7
Stages of Culture Shock
  • Honeymoon stage
  • Disintegration stage
  • Reintegration
  • Autonomy
  • Interdependence

8
The U Curve
Interdependence
Honeymoon
Autonomy
Reintegration
Disintegration
9
Your Spaces
  • Work space
  • Community space
  • Home space

10
Symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Pain, despair, and disorganization
  • Anger, confusion, loneliness
  • Loss of appetite, changes in sleep
  • Tired, loss of enjoyment in daily activities,
    withdrawal from others

11
Coping With It
  • Know that your reactions are normal
  • Stay in touch with family and friends
  • Talk to other expatriots
  • Join a community group
  • Talk to colleagues and superiors about
    expectations and goals

12
Coping With It
  • Get to know the country
  • Meet locals who can explain the culture
  • Show your appreciation be honest
  • Eat well and get your sleep
  • Learn the basics of the local language

13
Impact on Business
  • Loss of productivity
  • Success factors at home may be distress factors
    abroad
  • A-type personality
  • High motivation to achieve
  • Competitiveness
  • High level of time consciousness
  • Impaired decision-making

14
Impact on Management
  • Be aware of differences in management style
  • Understand the importance of the cultural details
  • Respect local practices even if you dont
    understand them

15
The W Curve
Return Home
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Re-entry Shock
  • Successful adaptation may increase Re-entry Shock
  • Return home may seem boring
  • Difficulty in finding a new niche
  • Exaggerated nostalgia for home
  • Reduced standard of living
  • Intolerance to domestic minutia
  • Lack of psychological support

17
Your Assignment
  • Keep a journal of your daily experiences
  • Note feelings and responses to your surroundings

18
Your Assignment
  • Based on your journal notes, write a 1000 word
    report on your experience interacting with the
    Spanish culture.
  • Include references to your understanding of
    culture shock, why differences exist and how to
    deal with them.

19
Your Assignment
  • I expect a personal report not a generic report.
  • Submit your report by email no later than Aug 26

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The End
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