Foreign friends

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 1 December 2004

Citation

(2004), "Foreign friends", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 53 No. 8. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijppm.2004.07953haa.002

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Foreign friends

What do we learn from overseas visits? Well … it depends – of course. We should learn about different behaviours and how they are influenced by different geographies, different religions and different cultures. Too often, however, we seem to learn negative – rather than neutral – things about how other cannot behave like us (and expect that they should!). Their views on business, on ethics, on productivity and performance are shaped by their backgrounds, just as ours are. Assuming “right” and “wrong” only leads to trouble: recognising difference is what matters.