Similarly, C also cannot be categorized distinctly, thereby showing that the difference between these cultures is relative. Throughout the entire clip, the company name is only mentioned with a single tag line at the end of the commercial. Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice 1st ed. Each of the participants culturally diverse team was making notes on their particular tasks as well as general goals of the project. We explained to the distributor that things tend to take more time in Mexico across the board. I believe it is more important to be on time than to let other concerns take priority.
In order to learn about something, I tend to consult many sources of information rather than to go to the one best authority. Low-context cultures such as the United States tend to favor multiple interpersonal connections, and most or all of which have a shorter duration. The identify lies with the group. One distinguishes between people inside and people outside one's circle. Conclusion Cultural Communication is always a challenge.
I find it easier to work with someone who is fast and wants to see immediate results than to work with someone who is slow and wants to consider all the facts. Japanese who are accustomed to interacting with foreigners are aware of this difference, and make allowances for it; foreigners would be wise to reciprocate. In developing a business relationship, it has to be understood that high-context cultures do not rely as much on written, or formal, information as low-context cultures. Examination of these differences with reference to indwelling interactions enables us to classify cultures as being high-context and low-context, and the difference between them is explained here. Is it high or low and why? She outlines the six primary areas of cultural difference, highlighting the differences between high- and low-context cultures. Leave them at the end of this post! Your High context score is: Your Low context score is: The difference between your scores is : Before you see the interpretation of your scores, read this. When tackling a new task, I would rather figure it out on my own by experimentation than follow someone else's example or demonstration.
What is important is that activity is done efficiently. Watch these videos and think about the culture that each commercial is intended for. In short, translating across cultures involves a whole lot more than swapping out words. In contrast, scientists working with living systems need to include more context because there can be significant variables which impact the research outcomes. In , High-context culture and low-context culture is a measure of how explicit the messages exchanged in a culture are, and how important the context is in communication.
You would rarely, if ever, see that in a high-context culture. A high context culture is one in which what people say will often not directly communicate their real meaning. . Because of this, and because of its exceptionally low in-migration and high cultural homogeneity, where nearly everyone has been raised according to exacting rules, much can go unsaid; in Western cultures, with high levels of cultural mixing, even basic things must be worked out, out loud — sometimes, loudly. It takes these two to make meaning. I prefer sharing space with others to having my own private space.
Precise words with exact meanings are favored and are expected to be taken literally. The concept of high and low-context culture is the most important aspect of you developing your cross-cultural intelligence. Whereas low-context cultures tend to change rapidly and drastically, they allow extension to happen at an incredibly fast rate. The best way I can describe the differences in this spectrum is to tell you of all the things I noticed when I first came to the United States, a low-context culture, from Greece, a relatively high-context culture. With some frameworks, self-reflection and new knowledge, you can grow your cultural intelligence and build a successful international career, mind and life. Person at top works for the good of the group. Collectivist societies prioritise the group over the individual, and vice versa.
Conflict either must be solved before work can progress or must be avoided because it is personally threatening. There was a time when I attended a meeting where a decision has been made on the task split and further steps of the project. In personal conversation, Japanese are less likely to discuss personal details, while people from a low-context cultures may ask personal questions as a way of showing their interest; Japanese may find this invasive of their privacy. Verbal messages are explicit, and communication is seen as a way of exchanging information, ideas and opinions. The identity of individuals is rooted in themselves and their accomplishments.
There are still emotional difficulties involved of course, but it is technically easier to focus on facts than to understand the communication based on hundreds years of complicated history and customs. For example, Hall describes how Japanese culture has both low- and high- context situations. It should however be noted that not all the characteristics described above and below apply to all cultures described as either high or low context. Understanding this concept is important to. What is important is that activity gets done.