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Misunderstanding the Effects of Status

  1. From your perspective, what went wrong?

I believe that there was a clash of cultures and beliefs. As a result, the Mexican was offended on the night out because both parties exhibited ethnocentrism. Both parties did not take into consideration the other person’s cultural values and the Danish thought t was okay to abandon the Mexican while the Mexican felt it was okay to cancel the business deal because the Danish culture was too much for him. The activity orientation was different for both sides.

  1. What cultural dimensions may have affected the outcome?

The outcome was affected by norms and social practices.

  1. Had you been in Sr. Garcia’s position what would this interaction have meant to you?Misunderstanding the Effects of Status

If I was Sr. Garcia, I would have felt abandoned and ignored. I would think that the Danish had taken advantage of me by providing a smooth business experience and as soon as they had the deal, they were not as kin to interact with me. I would feel that the Danish boss thinks that his culture is more superior to mine and thus the reason to feel that my time was not as important.

  1. What recommendations do you have for Mr. Fleming and Garcia?

Mr. Fleming and Mr. Garcia need to take a more holistic approach when dealing with each other. They should be more becoming. While they do not need to go native, they can practice enculturation and learn each other’s cultures and expectations. They can also practice cultural relativism and seek to understand each other’s behavior from each other’s culture and not their own. By understanding Cultural determinism, they will understand that their differences in behavior are only as a result of the cultures they were raised in and can be corrected.Misunderstanding the Effects of Status

 

References
Brown, N., Tubelle, L., & McIlwraith, T. (2017). Perspectives: An open invitation to Cultural Anthropology (pp. 39,22). Arlington VA: American Anthropological Association.

Pearson, E. (2011). Oral and Nonverbal Communication Patterns. Retrieved from https://en373.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/chapter-6-oral-and-nonverbal-communication-patterns-5th-ed1.ppt