Item description for When in Rome or Rio or Riyadh: Cultural Q & A's for Successful Business Behavior Around the World by Gwyneth Olofsson...
In the course of sixteen years of cultural consulting, author Gwyneth Olofsson has received hundreds of letters, faxes and e-mails asking for advice on deciphering the confusing---and sometimes strange---customs of colleagues and customers from other cultures. When in Rome or Rio or Riyadh... is a comprehensive selection of these queries and her insightful replies. She has chosen the topics best related to the 33 countries with the largest gross domestic product---those in which business is likely to be done. Topics include getting acquainted, making a good impression, eating and drinking, communication, time, roles and relationships, and ethics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.98" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.19 lbs.
Release Date Jul 4, 2004
Publisher Intercultural Press
ISBN 1931930066 ISBN13 9781931930062
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More About Gwyneth Olofsson
Olofsson is owner of Communico, an international training and consulting company based in Sweden, where her clients include the Volvo Group and Schlumberger-Sema.
Reviews - What do customers think about When in Rome or Rio or Riyadh: Cultural Q & A's for Successful Business Behavior Around the World?
Excellent Oct 18, 2005
Book arrived in excellent condition and quickly. The book is very informative and in a nice conversational, easy to grasp format.
Explores the fascinating variety of cultural differences Jan 3, 2005
Written by the owner of an international training and consulting company, When In Rome Or Rio Or Riyadh: Cultural Q & As For Successful Business Behavior Around The World is a comprehensive guide especially for international businesspeople, covering common cultural misunderstandings and gaffes that can plague one in nations ranging from Australia to Venezuela. From general information on how to make small talk safely and avoid common communication problems, to body language recommendations and warnings against inappropriate gestures in different nations (for example, a raised thumb is considered offensive in Australia and the Middle East), to countless case studies of problems and communication issues brought about by different cultural norms and expectations, When In Rome Or Rio Or Riyadh is not only a "must-have" resource for globetrotters but also an engrossing to lay readers curious about the sharp differences in how folks from different nations relate. Extremely accessible and down-to-earth, When In Rome Or Rio Or Riyadh explores the fascinating variety of cultural differences from an emphatically practical perspective.
Funny and wise! Nov 16, 2004
This book is a complete winner! All the the other intercultural books I`ve read have been BORING. This is a book for everybody working internationally...and it`s wise and amusing
When in Rome, or Rio, or Riyadh... Nov 3, 2004
There were places in this book where I laughed out loud, usually at the real-life examples of "culture clashes." The letters also made me think about how my own behavior at work could be misunderstood by foreigners. I learned a lot!
When in Rome... Oct 24, 2004
I just started working in a large multi-national and have found this book invaluable in its advice about how to deal with people from other cultures. I particularly liked the Q&A format of much of the book when people wrote to Gwyneth Olofsson with questions about how to deal with tricky cross-cultural situations - the sort that can lead to "culture clash" if you're not careful. A big plus is that it's funny too!