Hi group members how are you all doing...?
You guys realize that we have to post our two first posting before 4pm tomorrow...
First I will give a quick summary about the model we are going to use in our second assessment" Analysis of a communication problem"
Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner's Seven Dimensions of Culture help us to understand the differences between cultures, so that we will be more able to work with people more effectively and avoid any misunderstandings. They developed the model after they spend around 10 years of deep research on people values and performance around the world. As a result, they found that people from different cultures are different from each other's because each culture has its own way of thinking based on its one belief and values.
The seven dimensions we are looking at are:
1. Universalism versus particularism.
2. Individualism versus collectivism.
3. Achievement versus ascription.
4. Natural versus affective
* When we will discuss the seven dimensions we have to keep in mind our audiences which are the Arab gulf audience.
Universalism vs. Particularism.
Universalistic cultures believe that formal rules can be applied worldwide without any modification as they standardize everything. However, particularistic cultures focus more on relationships than rules as they are characterized with flexibility. They believe that circumstances determine the way ideas and practices are applied (Workman, 2008).
Arab gulf countries are known worldwide that they apply the Islamic culture in their business. For example, when a new restaurant is opened in any of these countries, the food served in them must be halal. In other words, the ingredients used in making the food must be prepared with the right ingredients according to Islamic law. This points to universalism because regardless of the multi-cultural people living in Arab gulf, all of those different nationalities are forced to eat halal food without any...