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An international business expert helps you understand and navigate cultural differences in this insightful and practical guide, perfect for both your work and personal life. 

Americans precede anything negative with three nice comments; French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans get straight to the point; Latin Americans and Asians are steeped in hierarchy; Scandinavians think the best boss is just one of the crowd. It's no surprise that when they try and talk to each other, chaos breaks out. In The Culture Map, INSEAD professor Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain in which people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together. She provides a field-tested model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business, and combines a smart analytical framework with practical, actionable advice. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2016 Erin Meyer (P)2019 PublicAffairs

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Insightful, fun, and educational

Growing up in the Middle East, I found it both shocking and surprising how different Americans were in the way they related to others. Now I know why, and also why I had such a hard time adjusting to American culture.

This book does a fantastic job of showing with lots of fun, surprising, and embarrassing anecdotes why people from one culture struggle to relate to and do business with people from other cultures and vice versa.

I’ve spent decades talking to people from other cultures but it wasn’t until I read this book that I finally understood why and how to avoid some of the embarrassing mistakes I’ve made trying to make connections with folks from different cultures.

If you’re traveling to another country for business or pleasure, read this book before you even get on the plane. The book was entertaining, educational, surprising, and informative. Excellent narration. Definitely looking forward to listening to it again and again.

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Inaccurate geographical information

While listening to the audio book, there is a statement in “Two types of trust and how they grow” section,min 16:00.
she mentioned Saudi Arabia located in the Southern Hemisphere,
Correction:Saudi Arabia is located in the northern hemisphere.

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Incredibly helpful!

I work in a multicultural team and this book explained so much for me! So many valuable insights. I wish I read it before.

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Incredibly insightful

The book is incredibly insightful. The performance was goo but Audible must fix the glitch o f the pdf not being available.

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Different yet the same

This is a terrific book for business and life. I can see using the scale in my interactions with colleagues in India and the UK as well as with friends in Florida or Hawaii. Very insightful, easy to understand, and informative. Loved the reader, too.

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Enlightening

It was a good audiobook, I was eager to complete it right away. It was suggested at school. The map is a great tool to understand the relative position between countries in the culture map. I think a lot of countries were left behind or at least, there should be a broader list of countries between the set. I would not say that Colombians are like Mexicans, but I couldn't help but to consider than one the more similar to our culture. The cases were very short and clear, I suggest this book to any person who has to work or live in a multicultural environment.

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great for anyone working with multi-cultural teams

great objective perspective on how people raised in different countries have differing working norms. very much a cultural version of a myers-briggs test. very useful for anyone with diverse teams or with global responsibility.

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Eye Opening!

Suddenly so much of the conflict we have experienced on our global team makes sense!

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Eye opening look into cross cultural teams

When you work in cross culture environment you will realize that something is off pretty fast. But it can take years to figure out what is going on and how to adjust your behavior, and while you are figuring it out many opportunities will slip out of your reach... or you can even get into trouble. This book is a very good introduction into the realm of differences you gave to deal with when working with people from other cultures.

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Great resource

The framework and every supporting example were very interesting and helpful! Essential for working with others.

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  • 06-11-20

Must read for an international corporation worker

Would strongly recommend to all international corporation workers, especially managers. Eye opening, easy to digest read.

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  • Flavia Carloni
  • 01-09-20

Great book

I recently moved from Brazil to UK, for a new job. Moved with my family, so it’s a new job for me and new life for us. The book was so useful to understand some situations that I already experienced in my professional life, working with multicultural teams and I’m sure it will help me deal better with my new life.

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  • Asta Pramuditya
  • 11-15-19

Fascinating way of understanding cultural challenges

Erin has a great approach to help us understand different cross cultural challenges. Her methods explain how to deal with different situations in a structural way and concrete manner. As an Indonesian who was born and raised in Indonesia with an eastern family tradition - lived in India, Turkey, and now in France and work regularly in the UK, I encounter these cross cultural challenges in everyday’s life. After listening to this Culture Map audiobook, I feel like I am given the tool to handle the frustrations caused by these cross cultural challenges. Erin offers strategic solutions to be applied effectively in dealing with those challenges. Best audiobook of the year. Thumbs up and bravo Erin!

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  • Lorenzo G.
  • 07-19-21

Great insights

I really liked the book and working with many foreigners from all around the world I think this will be really helpful.
I wish that the annexed PDF was richer in data, for example providing data for more countries.

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  • A. Morrish
  • 06-19-21

a difficult listen

well read, but I was so glad when it ended.
written before the pandemic and glorifying travel this feels like a real anachronism unsuited to the needs of 2021 when the pressures of inappropriate carbon footprint, work at the speed of data, poor global supply chain management and increasingly fractional roles mean it's academic thesis resonates far less strongly. add in too little weight to the individual and the globalisation of business culture by the combination of social media, global investment portfolios and personality I really felt the balance of the book was flawed.
it bears an arrogance of writing and apparent need to analyse rather than encourage empathy which I'm afraid left me struggling to consider it a useful reference text, but rather a near history of a different era

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-21

A must-read for those working in multi-cultural companies

I highly recommend this book to all people working with colleagues representing all different cultures in the world. The book nicely structures different cultures according to 8 criteria (including directness, critical feedback, flexibility, hierarchical/flat organizational structure, emotionality, timelines, etc.) and describes multiple anecdotes to illustrate cultural differences. It also gives advice how to build efficient processes in a multi-cultural team.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-21

Fascinating and eye opening

I’m so glad to have read this book. It really opened my eyes to a lot of fundamental truths about cross cultural relationships.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-21

Loved this book!

Very insightful! The knowleadge was transferred in a step by step way easy to follow and to understand.

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  • Miu S.
  • 09-26-20

The most useful information I have read in 2020

Over 20 years of travelling and studying, I have spent more of my life abroad then my home country. What I have been doing is jump in the the local culture and left my own behind, after read this book I gain lots more knowledge of each culture and I will definitely try considerly keep some of my own culture and blend it into the local community where I am. it is a good way to spread my culture to the locals too. I think this book is not only for internationa business but for everyone who is living or traveling, we shall try to connect eathtoher in person to bring understanding and a deeper communication. I am grateful that I have read it !

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  • Raquel
  • 05-03-20

Incredibly valuable for business

Culture is a very important topic that is often overlooked in business. The book offers a clear and practical approach to understanding cultural differences and act more effectively