Cross-Cultural Communication: How Formal Should I Be?

You have probably noticed a difference in how informally and formally people interact with each other.

Cultures, like the United States, are sometimes called egalitarian, symmetrical, or horizontal, because we believe that humans are created equal. Interpersonal relationships follow this theme of equality. Interpersonal relationships operate on a fairly equal basis regardless […]

Cross-Cultural Communication: How Formal Should I Be?2020-03-20T12:46:22-05:00

Cross-Cultural Communication: Can You Give Me Some Space?

Some people stand really close to each other when they talk. Some people stand across the room when they chat. So, do you close the gap or ask people to back up and provide some space?

Often different cultures have different orientations to social space. Spatial distance is just as powerful […]

Cross-Cultural Communication: Can You Give Me Some Space?2020-03-20T12:46:22-05:00

Cross-Cultural Communication: Isn’t It About Time?

You have probably noticed, personally and professionally, that some people arrive five or ten minutes early for appointments. Some people arrive twenty to thirty minutes later than scheduled. It could be a cross-cultural communication issue.

Cultures organize time and space differently. A researcher named Edward Hall categorizes cultures as either monochronic or polychronic.

Monochronic orientations emphasize schedules, […]

Cross-Cultural Communication: Isn’t It About Time?2020-03-20T12:46:22-05:00

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