culture is a part of business which has to be managed. We are neither cultural trainers nor culture romantics. Culture has nothing dogmatic about it. It should never be an excuse for failure!
The ability to effectively handle culture is a qualification managers must obtain. To simply visit a country does not equate with studying its culture.
Only through success and failure can managers learn to adjust. CBI coaches many managers in this process to help them to avoid failure while also teaching them to differentiate between cultural and human or organizational issues for which it is also importatnt to find solutions. Too often culture is used as an excuse for bad behaviour, insufficient qualification, poor organisation…..
Nothing of the following is absolute and can be taken as true or valid for every situation – these are simply points to be considered in order to understand what culture is or might be. Always remember: „裏には裏がある“ Ura ni wa ura ga aru“ – The other side has another side!