Tuesday, September 6, 2011

InterculturalCom: Onions, Icebergs and Culture (U2-P4)

Hofstede has more metaphors.

Do you notice what is at the center of the Tootsie Pop, I mean onion?  What's the significance of being at the center?  Being on the outside layer?

Others have "metaphoricalized" culture as an iceberg.


Like with the onion metaphor where would the different aspects of culture be located?  What would be on the surface (above the water-line)?  What would be below?  What is the significance of something being below the surface?

As a captain of your own ship out of the see of intercultural interactions, what should you be most aware of?  What is going to sink your ship?

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