Monday, November 21, 2005

Risk Averse Culture

Making good progress on the readings. I've finished reading the Hofstede and the Shaw, and I've read two of the six assigned chapters in the Adler. The Adler is a pretty easy read, especially in comparison with the Shaw!

Adler describes and quantifies cultural differences across different dimensions. As I was reading, I spent some time studying her graphs with my own upbringing in mind. Biggest insight was the 'uncertainty avoidance' associated with Greek culture, as compared to American culture. I can see now why I have sometimes seemed to be so far out of step with my friends in taking risks.

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