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EAP102 Spring 2019

Class notes and homework assignments

Day 13

M-Tu Feb. 25-26

➤ Speaker tasks

Speaker 1: Do a little background research on Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. Who are the authors? Why did they write this book? What do you think its purpose, and intended audience, are?

Speaker 2: Summarize pp. 3-12, using the reading questions as a guide

Speaker 3: Summarize pp. 12-20, using the reading questions as a guide

Speaker 4: Summarize pp. 20-26, using the reading questions as a guide


➤ Read Chapter 1 of Cultures and Organizations

Consider the following questions as you read:

pp. 3-12: According to Hofstede,

  • What is culture?

  • What is the relationship between culture, human nature, and personality?

  • What does culture consist of?

  • How does culture reproduce itself?

pp. 12-20: According to Hofstede,

  • What is a "moral circle"?

  • What are "in-groups" and "out-groups"?

  • How is culture related to biological relatedness (i.e. race)?

  • What are the different "levels" of culture (i.e. different types of groups one could simultaneously be affiliated with)?

  • What parts of cultural change quickly, and which change slowly?

pp. 20-26: According to Hofstede,

  • How is a nation different from a society? Why do the authors urge caution when generalizing about the cultures of nations?

  • How are national identities, values, and institutions related, and not related?

  • What is cultural relativism? What does it mean to think in this way?

➤ Writing Exercise #7

Choose three words or phrases from the reading that you’d like to add to your active vocabulary. For each word, write 1-3 sentences expressing something you might actually want to write or say in the next week. Don’t forget to put the word or phrase in bold.

day-13Austin Woerner