Increasing Your Cultural Awareness
7 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2013 Last revised: 6 Dec 2013
Date Written: January 10, 2013
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.
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