Breaking Through Culture Shock: What You Need to Succeed in International Business

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What makes some international managers successful while others struggle with basic tasks? If we are all so global nowadays, what makes some of us more international than others? When U.S. managers succeed in only 50% of their global work and UK managers only 14%, the answer lies not with the number of air-miles one clocks up on transatlantic flights or the technical excellence one brings to a job. Success with international teams entails managing culture shock. In this new edition of the critically acclaimed Breaking Through Culture Shock: What You Need to Succeed in International Business, Elisabeth Marx provides a practical guide to managing the emotional, cognitive, and social facets of participating in international cyber-teams and long-term assignments in another countries. Drawing on the experiences of over two hundred managers from around the world and in-depth interviews with global business leaders like Edward Dolman of Christie's, Peter Job of Reuters, and Win Bischoff of Schroders and Citigroup Europe, Marx explains the many layers and types of culture, providing steps to both businesses and individuals to cope and conquer culture-related stress. With instructive scenarios and quizzes to test your knowledge, Marx offers positive and practical business advice to those who want to succeed working in international business.

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Elisabeth Marx is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles and specializes in top team effectiveness, board consulting and assessment, focusing on international teams and cross-cultural management. Dr. Marx lectures extensively and is also a consultant at INSEAD's Global Leadership Center. She studied psychology at the University of Marburg (Germany), earned her Doctorate at Oxford University, and was previously a lecturer in psychology at the National University of Singapore.

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Marx defines culture shock as "the experience of foreignness," and calls it both an occupational hazard and an opportunity. She sees its effects in her work as director of international consultancy for the executive search firm Norman Broadbent Selection. She also experienced it firsthand when, as a psychologist, she went to Britain to complete her postgraduate studies. Designed as a "self-coaching guide," Marx's book examines the phenomenon of culture shock as she details the three sides of the "culture shock triangle": emotions, thinking, and social skills and identity. She offers coping strategies for moving from euphoria to depression to contentment, from stereotyping to culturally effective thinking, and from national to transnational social skills and an international identity. Marx also outlines practical steps one can take to further a successful international career, summarizing characteristics of the world's main business cultures and considering the impact on one's personal life and family. David Rouse

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