Business culture of international business and who would best manage these businesses.

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"Culture is a product of historical experiences." Culture has always generated controversy for its innate ability to elude any exact meaning. What is culture? In ancient times it was defined as "the sum total of the equipment of the human individual, which enables him to be attuned to his immediate environment on the historical past on the other". It reflects in effect what humans have added to Nature. Every society and culture has different ways of interpreting and defining occurrences by the way their own culture or society functions. To me culture is a society's way of life. Culture is people's ethnicity and their traditions carried down from generations past. Culture is also coerced and forced into our beliefs by government, religion and society. This paper will be based upon business culture of international business and who would best manage these businesses.

Business culture is a central element in negotiation.

Every company has its own corporate culture. Thus some companies are focused on short term results while others look at the long term. Similarly, companies have varied cultures as regards treatment of employees from different backgrounds, dress codes and criteria for performance reviews. Businesses based in different countries may well have corporate cultures that reflect cultural elements drawn from national cultural characteristics. This varies enormously, particularly when more and more companies operate in the global marketplace with employees drawn from a widening variety of national, ethnic, religious, and gender backgrounds. In negotiation it is crucial to avoid getting trapped by prejudiced expectations of how a person from a certain background will behave. Focusing instead on the interests of the stakeholders will help overcome cultural barriers both real and perceived and derive agreements that lead to mutually favorable outcomes.

When experiencing a new culture it is often seen as culture shock.