Cross-Cultural Communication

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Cross-Cultural Communication Introduction In business, successful communication is the key to success, and being able to relate to a customer is the best form of communication. This is why cross-cultural communication is so important as the business world continues to globalize itself. Unfortunately, “A lack of awareness about the culturally prescribed rules and norms of communication behaviors can cause public relations projects to fail, or worse, backfire.” (Zaharna, 2001, p.135). My research is focused on the problems associated with cross-cultural communication and how awareness of culture, language, tradition, and business practices can increase the advantages to globalization. This report will be field specific in the International Beverage industry with my interviews focusing on the communication relationships between H.P. Bulmers, Ireland, which recently decided to move into the United States. I choose this focus due to interest in working in this industry after college, and because I plan to study abroad in Galway, Ireland in the future. I plan to outline the major issues that companies must address when dealing with different countries, and then I will create an action plan to help companies solve their communication issues. Methods: For my interview I decided that I would present both sides of a cross-cultural business relationship. To accomplish this I will first interview Mark Woodard, my father, who is Head of Operations in the United States, for H.P. Bulmers. Next, I will interview John Keyo, the President of Operations in Ireland for a unique examination of European communication. With both interviewees my questions focus on the problems that have developed in the past 2 years since H.P. Bulmers first began communication with the United States. Additionally, with Mr. Keyo my focus is extended to discover if he has experienced any sense of “American arrogance” during his communication. My library research is focused on discovering different success and failures of companies in the past, and to figure out the causes. With this information I will be able to highlight the main problems areas for international communication, and focus on how these issues can be avoided in the future. Findings: “Learning international business practices and customs, communicating clearly and effectively… are crucial ... ... middle of paper ... ...e time it takes to ship product across the Atlantic, there must be constant communication between the United States and Ireland to ensure that there is never a shortage of product. A company can lose even a loyal customer if the individual is not able to find their favorite brand and is forced to turn to alternatives. My main focus with this interview will be how my father meets the challenge of communication with the different individuals and how this has changed with respect to the changes in technology. Citations 1. Arnold, Mitchell D. (1998). Building a truly World Wide Web: a review of the essentials of international communication, v45 n2, 197-207. 2. Burgi, Andreas., & Lichtenberger, Bianka. (1998). Walking the tightrope. (management of international business enterprises). SwissWORLD, i6, 38(2). 3. Jana, Reena.(2000). Doing a double take - IT professionals who work abroad often need to re-examine their communication skills, business practices -- and retool. InfoWorld, v22 i7, 100-105. 4. Zaharn,a R.S. (2001). "In-awareness" approach to international public relations. Public Relations Review, v27 i2 135-152. 5. (M.A. Woodard, interview, March 6, 2002)
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