Cultural difference is complex. To simplify the process of identifying cultural difference in the workplace, we have created the Three Cultures Model from our work with global diversity professionals. This model posits three key cultural influences that are at work in global corporations: personal culture, national culture, and the organizational culture itself (shown in the figure). Being in an organization with a strong corporate culture does not negate the fact that individuals come to the table with their own personal characteristics and national tendencies, neither of which are sublimated to the organization's culture.

Professor André Laurent makes the following observation based on his study of multinational organizations: ...

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