The main aims of this project are to observe the prevailing attitudes in my culture toward the several concepts, and to explain how these specific attitudes can affect my communication with non-natives.
To start up, it is important to mention that I live in democratic society and there are many points of views concerning different issues in it. For instance, observing the first concept about negotiating methods, it is necessary to say that my culture has a distinct view of negotiation and of the way how to do it in a proper way. The process of negotiation is accepted as a unitary process, which combines in itself all the necessary elements (Büchel, 2001). In my culture negotiating methods are clearly normative and morality-based, thus there can be some problems in communication with non-natives who run counter to my morality.
The second concept is truth in advertising. Being honest, many people do not believe in advertising, and I am not an exception. My culture shows me that advertising is only the way to inform people about something, and the way to present something in the best way. Thus, it seems that there is no difference whether a person believes in advertising or not, because my culture is loyal to this fact, nor struggling for the truth or denying it.
The third and fourth concepts are company-worker loyalty and women’s place in society. There is no doubt that all organizations are interested in good workers, in spite of their gender. Of course, many decades ago there were times when women were considered only being homemaker, but now everything has greatly changed, and women are equal to men in my culture. In such a way, many companies are trying to provide the best conditions for their workers for the purpose to attract the best professionals to their jobs. Both issues of company-worker loyalty and the women’s place in society may seem to be the most debatable in communication with non-natives, because many Arab countries deny the possibility of woman to do something else except of homemaking; while many representatives of African countries, for instance, are only trying to earn some money for their families despite bad work conditions.
And finally, thinking about the Protestant work ethic, it is possible to say that it includes many elements such as the importance of education and the right attitude toward the work in my culture. There is no doubt that non-natives may be surprised by some elements of the Protestant ethic in my culture, and even may try to argue my position concerning the issue in the process of communication, but being an adequate person, I think that it will be rather easy to explain my way of thoughts and find the points of contact with the representative of any culture.
In conclusion, there were presented the prevailing attitudes in my culture toward the several popular concepts, and observed the ways how these attitudes can affect my communication with non-natives.
Büchel, B. (2001). Using Communication Technology: Creating Knowledge Organizations. Palgrave.