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Increasing Your Cultural Awareness

7 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2013 Last revised: 6 Dec 2013

Peter Harris

New York Institute of Technology

William Stahlin

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

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Date Written: January 10, 2013

Abstract

The world has become increasingly interrelated in the past three decades. Technology and the internet have dramatically facilitated communications, there is increased foreign investment, global trade barriers have been minimized and there is increasing outsourcing of work. As Thomas Friedman says "the playing field is flattening."

In order to service clients and subsidiaries in all parts of the world, CPAs need to know how to deal effectively with those from other cultures. They may even be resident in different countries. According to the 2010 census, 13% of the US population is foreign born. Understanding how cultures differ can enable us to interact more effectively with those from other cultural backgrounds.

This article will focus on several areas of cultural differences. The intent is to make the reader more aware of these differences and to heighten cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Suggested Citation

Harris, Peter and Stahlin, William, Increasing Your Cultural Awareness (January 10, 2013). Howe School Research Paper No. 2013-3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2248143 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2248143

Peter Harris

New York Institute of Technology ( email )

Kingdom of Bahrain
New York, NY 10023
United States

William Stahlin (Contact Author)

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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