CHAPTER 8

The Culture Club

I don’t want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible, but I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

—Mahatma Gandhi

I didn’t go in thinking I was going to change anybody; I just went in knowing that I was going to be changed.

—WiSER Jacqueline

How does culture impact success in an expatriate role? Culture influences the way that business is conducted, decisions are made, and how people interact with one another. Regardless of whether one selects to expatriate independently or through company channels, the level of role and responsibilities, or the type of organization, when working and living abroad, it ...

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