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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 8Using Synthetic Cultures in Simulations

Playing by different rules without knowing it is a basic element of games and simulations about intercultural encounters. Such simulations often generate uncomfortable feelings or confusion, even anger, that feel a lot like the frustration that real intercultural encounters can generate. But it is preferable to experience this frustration during a simulation and learn from it than to experience a misunderstanding or even a confrontation in a real-world setting and do damage to relationships.

Simulations on the Market

Simulation games about intercultural encounters have existed for many years. In this section we shall present a few types of simulations by discussing a well-known example of each. ...

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