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Understanding Cultural Differences: Germans, French and Americans First Edition Edition

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Based on interviews with top German, French, and American executives and on anthropologist Edward Hall's research into intercultural relations, this volume provides insights and practical advice on day- to-day transactions in international business. Published by Intercultural Press Inc., PO Box 700, Yarmouth, ME 04096. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Another winner by the Halls. They really understand cultural differences and offer imaginative ways to overcome them. -- Henry G. Meyer-Oertel Gruner + Jahn International Marketing and Media Services, Inc. This book offers penetrating insight into the business cultures of the United States, France and Germany. -- Robert T. Moran, Ph.D. American Graduate School of International Management Co-author, Managing Cultural Differences I find Understanding Cultural Differences to be a must read (again and again)! -- David C. Wigglesworth, President, D.C.W. Research Associates International
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey; First Edition edition (July 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877864072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877864070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
The authors try hard not to generalize, and use specific examples to illustrate cultural differences. I read this book while working for a company in the US that was jointly owned by a French company and a German company. Our 'bosses' were very much typical of that described in the book. I found this to be fascinating and used the information in the book to improve communications and information flow between the different groups. I would highly recommend this book to anyone working with any of these 3 cultures!
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Anybody dealing with any of those three cultures in business should read this book. It is simple, handy and quite accurate. I am myself French and have been living and working in Germany for ten years now in an international environment. I also spent three years of my life in the US. The book - already ten years old - does need some up-dating as far as the political and economic situations in each of these three countries are concerned and I found a few inaccuracies in the French part (probably due to the fact that the French culture is more difficult to grasp for an American than the German one), but all in all it is a highly recommendable book. The key notions of "monochronic" and "polychronic", of "high context" and "low context" cultures are extremely useful. This is not only a book for Americans doing business with Europeans : as far as I am concerned it helped me understanding and being more patient with my American colleagues.
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Format: Paperback
I read this book several years ago, in large part due to the fact that I had married a French woman and was having quite a bit of difficulty understanding the culture during my visits to France. Granted, this book largely focuses on the business aspects of the cultural divide, but I found it incredibly accurate as it relates to the culture as a whole. Especially useful was the description of a "polychronic" culture as opposed to a "monochronic" one like the U.S.

If you want to get to the root of the differences and gain an ability to work with others of France, Germany, or Japan, I highly recommend this book.
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An interesting book, but poorly written. Observations were useful but the book is so repetitious and muddled, it was hard to stay focused on it. Most of the source material was self-referential and seemingly based on surveys done in the 1980s. Worth a read, but keep expectations in check.
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This is an interesting book on cultural differences. The focus is on business and management, but still a worthwhile read for anyone interested in people and how they think. A family member loaned it to me and I read it over the span of several months, picking it up and working through a chapter whenever I needed a break from fiction. If you have read my other book reviews, you have probably realized I spend most of my time in the realm of fiction or studying the craft of writing. My nonfiction tastes lean toward history and biography, with forays into business and management.

In a perfect world I could live and work in France and Germany for a few years and see what this book is really about.
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After having read "The silent language" by Edward Hall I am very disappointed of "Understanding cultural differences". I would love to know where exactly the authors got their information from. They certainly haven't lived in any European country long enough to really get acquainted with cultural differences. The book contains so much negative information about Germany (my home country) and France (where I lived for a long time before moving to the U.S.) that has so little to do with reality that it's almost funny.
Those stereotypes in a written form are rather dangerous and hardly offer adequate preparation for anyone who plans to travel to Germany or France on business or even live there.
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Our company has divisions in America, Germany, Spain, Brazil, and other places. We deal directly with people from all of these cultures, and sometimes we experience friction.
This is an excellent book in helping understand why those frictions exist, and how to handle them. It describes differences in our values as far as time, space, relationships, and other areas.
I have used the information in this book to help me understand both Germans, and Russians. It's been a great help.
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