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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 2Culture: The Rules of the Social Game

So far, you have read about how the same situation can be perceived differently by people from different countries. In this chapter we shall examine the differences between countries in a systematic way. The chapter starts with a fairy tale about five cousins who grew up in different countries. Then it draws lessons from the tale. You will be able to immediately apply these lessons in a number of intercultural exercises taken from real life. Finally you will use what you’ve learned to revisit the exercises of chapter 1 and to analyze your own answers.

The Best Country, a Fairy Tale

On the island of Malaila there is an inn. It has been there for many generations. When this story started, it was run ...

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