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Cross Cult Exer Comment Pg

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Comments by Douglas S:


Demonstrating cross-cultural sensitivity techniques:

To start, the outline headings begin with a lower case 'a)' followed by '1. Italy' as a number and then letters (b, c, d) in front of the other countries.  This might be a minor typo, but it adds to the confusion I experienced below.


I would like a bit more of an introduction to the section beginning with 'a)' to explain what is expected of the user.  There are four subsections (i, ii, etc.).  They all start with the same phrase: "When on business in ….".  So what is the difference between them?  Why are the letters (a, b, etc.) under them grouped together instead of one long list from 'a' to 'l'?  Are we supposed to select three difference countries for the each Roman numeral grouping (one per letter), or one country that all three attributes in a group describe?


Consider confirming that the items within the groupings describe attributes that are specific to an individual culture.  Some of the letter items describe proper behavior no matter what country you visit, such as “Be polite, always greet people and watch your manners.” and “Show respect to local cuisine…”


Is this intended to be a quiz that can be answered successfully after reading the chapter?  I prefer exercises that encourage you to think about a topic in a new manner or combine recently learned concepts, rather than regurgitating facts just read.


Parts a) and b) make me feel like the questions relate to a chapter teaching about specific cultural differences, like a “before you go study guide”, rather than a chapter that teaches about general concepts in cultural sensitivity.


If you keep the ‘a)’ type of question, consider increasing the cultural diversity to more than only three continents.


Where are the correct answers?


Effectively communicating expectations for a project:

This exercise requires more introspection and understanding of concepts than the preceding exercise.

Example answers are recommended.


Demonstrating Generational Attributes Knowledge:

This section is similar to “Demonstrating cross-cultural sensitivity techniques”, but its structure makes completing the exercise easier to understand.


Chapter 5 Critical Thinking Questions:

Is question #1 asking about ‘cultures’, like specific countries, or ‘cultural differences/dimensions’ like generational, organizational or professional?


Consider changing question #2 to say, “Why do you agree or disagree with this statement?” to make the answer more detailed than “yes/no”.

Comments by Yousuf Azhar 31-Oct-2010

Review of Chapter 5 Exercises: Cross-Cultural Virtual Collaboration

    The layout makes sense in that each set of exercises are clearly segregated.  You may want to tweak some of the section names.  Sometimes they say "Chapter 5..." and other times not.
    This is fine, I think this definitely is clearly addressed to a CDM Grad student.
    Most sections were very detailed and clear about what the exercises are.  In section "Chapter 5 Critical Thinking Questions", I felt like questions 1, 5 and 6 could use more structure/guidance to guide the critical thinking of the reader (instead of being open-ended to this extent).  Question 4 should be tweaked to account for someone who does not work in an office setting (like a full-time student).
    Also, I suggest adding more exercises dealing with cross-cultural sensitivity.  Sections "Demonstrating cross-cultural sensitivity techniques" and "Effectively communicating expectations for a project" do this very well, already.  However, adding some more exercises that deal with Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent would improve the coverage.  Also, I suggest adding questions that give you a brief 2-3 sentence scenario and ask you questions about it (what culture?, what characteristics does it have?, etc.)
    Is the crossword puzzle from somewhere?  If so, I would offer a citation.  Also, I can't tell if the rest of the exercises were invented 100% by our classmates or not.  If not, they should probably have a reference.
Please let me know if you have questions about my comments.

End of Comments by Yousuf Azhar 31-Oct-2010


Comments (1)

Joseph Howerton said

at 12:50 pm on Nov 4, 2010

The structure is good overall. The exercises clearly address the elements of cross-cultural collaboration, and gives us a clearer picture of the Cross-cultural collaboration playing field. But (for example) I think you could add an introduction before you lay out the first exercise. Further, you might consider adding some textual content before each exercise that will allow the "student" to successfully complete each of the exercises.

I think the material put forth here is informative for CDM Grad students, allowing us to advance our knowledge-base, and the content/ideas do address the CDM Graduate Student community, because people in technology-related fields will surely be expected to work in a cross-cultural collaboration environment.

I think the exercises are covered very well here. I would (potentially) like to see some more introductory content buttressing each of the exercises. The content here does give us a nice snapshot of things to consider when working on a Cross-Cultural Collaboration.

I don't see them here. I would like to see your references at the end of your documentation.

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