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Exploring Management, Third Edition by John R. Schermerhorn, Jr.

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The International Labour Organization reports there are 215 million child laborers worldwide; 115 million of them work in hazardous conditions.

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Globalization and International Business: Going Global Isn't Just for Travelers

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Cultural Awareness and The Amazing Race

The popular reality series The Amazing Race pits teams of players in an around-the-world competition. Each week, contestants race to complete cultural and physical challenges. They face grueling travel demands within and between countries, and face unfamiliar languages and customs. To top it off, sleep and eating schedules are thrown off by global time differences.

One thing becomes painfully clear as the race episodes unfold. Many of the participants do not know a lot about other countries in the world.

Like most of us, race contestants have grown used to the values and patterns of home. And that's understandable. But, if you watch closely, you'll see that their lack of cultural awareness sometimes reflects attitudes of superiority. As the race teams come face-to-face with one new culture after another, however, they learn a lot about themselves in the process.

YOUR CHAPTER 17 TAKEAWAYS

  1. Discuss ways that globalization affects international business.
  2. Understand what global corporations are and how ...

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