The Nature of Organizations and the Contemporary Environment

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Click on this link to Kwintessential Language and Culture Specialists. The site may take a moment to load, so be patient. You will find a selection of 20 or so cultural awareness quizzes. Choose one or two that look interesting to you. (Hint: You will learn the most if you choose a general quiz, or one that concerns a country with which you are not familiar, and then choose a quiz that tests your knowledge of a culture with which you think you are highly familiar.) After completing the quiz(zes), address the following questions in a 2- to 3-page essay:
•Which quiz(s) did you take?
•Were you surprised at your score?
•What strengths do you think you have in the area of inter-cultural awareness?
•What weaknesses are you able to identify?
•Create a plan of specific steps you can take to build on your strengths and improve areas of weakness.
•Why is it important for managers to increase their levels of cultural awareness?

Keys to the Assignment

The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper include:

•Complete the assessment according to the guidelines and interpret the results.
•Include the actual quiz and results.
•Discuss BOTH strengths and weaknesses. If there were gaps between your assessment results and your own thoughts about your level of cultural awareness, why they do these gaps exist?
•Discuss concrete actions you can take to improve your cultural awareness.

Description

Culture is dynamic. What is acceptable to one culture may not be acceptable in other cultures depending on the lives of the people. The diversity of human values and beliefs in the world leads to variation of culture. Business practices draws a lot from cultural practices of the people. This means that one business practices may be acceptable in one country be unacceptable in another. A good manager must be culturally sensitive and must understand the cultural implications of doing business with people from different cultures.

For this assignment, I took Cross Cultural Quiz 2 that helped me to interrogate my extent of cultural awareness. This assignment asked several questions regarding to culture of different people and who they impact on business practices. The quiz had a business focus and looks at some of the common situations that business managers are likely to come across and how they can handle them.