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Exploring Culture: Exercises, Stories and Synthetic Cultures by Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, Paul B Pedersen

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Chapter 1Worlds Apart in One Village

Some say we are all living in a “global village.” This expression was popular in the Western world before 11 September 2001. But if proof need still be given, this chapter will make it clear that our global village has many disparate quarters. It shows how intercultural encounters can generate misunderstandings or worse. The chapter consists of stories and exercises for either individual or group work.

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Our global village has many disparate quarters.

The following story illustrates that misunderstandings between people from different countries can both be sudden and have far-reaching consequences.

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