Collectivism

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Background: All the members of our group come from Asia: Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. There are some cultural differences among us but Asian culture dominates the way we think and interact. In this context, if we all represent a MNE, as mentioned in the question, it would reflect the Asian culture. So for us the important cultural dimensions for considerations are: 1. Collectivism: We as Asians value social ties and like to remain in social groups as a collective whole. Hence, the sense of collectivism is very strong for Asian people and Asian MNE’s will reflect this spirit of collectivism. But American or European people might mainly focus on individualistic cultures that are also shown in the way they work. This difference in collectivism and individualistic culture needs to be balanced when we will work with US and European partners.

2. Interpersonal Relations: There is significant difference in interpersonal relations between Asian and US or European cultures. For us, the interpersonal relations are more of an emotional bond which stems from very close family ties as part of an extended family culture. But in US or European, the families are nuclear and the ties are not as much emotional as Asia. People over there value self actualization and want to do something for themselves irrespective of their family ties. Also interpersonal relations outside family in Asia are more cordial while in US or Europe, it is more formal and/or contractual. This distinction in interpersonal relations culture between Asia and US or Europe also needs to be taken care of during our partnership with American or European partners.

3. The way we communicate: When making the partnership from the regions of the US as part of global business operation, one of the significant cultural considerations is differences in communication style. The first point is the body languages which includes body postures and facial expression. Asian people usually avoid the...
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