Understanding Cultural Differences - Exercise

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Understanding Cultural Differences - Exercise

Understanding Cultural Differences

Duration: 10 to 15 minutes.

Answer the following questions and then discuss as a class.

  1. In a situation where you are working with someone from another culture, what would you do if they used a hand signal which you found to be offensive?
  2. If you were managing a team with employees from different countries and different religious beliefs, how should you schedule vacation time?
  3. A culture that expects more indirect communication is what?
    1. High Context
    2. Low Context
  4. There are cultures that value multi-tasking abilities, and there are cultures that prefer to focus on doing one thing at a time without interruption. Which type would Americans typically fall under?
    1. Focused, one task at a time
    2. Multi-tasking


  1. Ask the person who used the hand signal what they meant.
  2. Ask them about vacation/holiday time ahead of time so if there are conflicts they can decide what days off are most important.
  3. A. High Context
  4. B. Multi-Tasking