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The Corporate Culture Survival Guide: New and Revised Edition by Edgar H. Schein

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WHEN CULTURES MEET
Acquisitions, Mergers, Joint Ventures, andOther Multicultural Collaborations

The Multi-Culture Problem

Cultures meet any time there is a merger of two companies, when one company acquires another, when two companies engage in a joint venture, or when a new group is created with members from several cultures. A merger attempts to blend two cultures, without necessarily treating one or the other as dominant. In an acquisition, the acquired organization automatically becomes a subculture in the larger culture of the acquiring company. In the joint venture the new organization must start with bringing two cultures together from scratch. And in the new group situation, individuals from several cultures have to figure out ...

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