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					German and French
     Culture
Edward and Mildred Hall
Understanding Cultural
     Differences
     My Memories of Co-Presenters
         and IGEL Conference

• Robert - France
• Ursula - Germany
                  Time
• German Culture
  – Very time punctual
  – Very monochronic
                   Time
• French Culture
  – Flexible on Time
  – Somewhat Polychronic
        High vs. Low Context
• Germans
  – Very Low Context
    •   Like replications
    •   Ask for clarification
    •   Things in writing
    •   Expect people to be frank and open
• French
  – Somewhat High Context
  – Expect people to be perceptive of nuance
  – To recognize sarcasm and reluctance
                  Pace
• Germans
  – Hard working within a structured day
  – Moderate pace
• French
  – Vite - fast paced at times
  – Work day runs into the evening as need
    arises
      Communication Style
• Germans
  – Highly structured
  – Clarity and precision important
  – Terms need to be carefully defined
  – Small talk not appropriate
  – Besprechung Style for Business Proposal-
       – Well documented and carefully argued
• French
  – Eloquence and style in how things are said
  – Terms rich with meaning but not carefully
    defined
                  Proxemics
• Germans
  – Like more distance than French
  – Offices are private spaces
     • Don’t enter before being given permission
     • Don’t move things
     • Do not touch things
  – When talking to others Germans expect you to
    respect their space and stand far enough away
    that you cannot eavesdrop
• French
  – Comfortable with closer distance
  – Office door more likely to be left open
    Business Relationships
• Germans
  – Concerned that the people they are doing
    business with have power and are
    competent
  – Not concerned with whether they like one
    another
• French
  – Formation of business relationship
    important
  – Socializing over meals part of doing
    business
      Topics Likely to Arise
• Germans
  – Politics and Sports
• French
  – Arts, Philosophy, Politics, Sports
          Germans
     Some Specific Things
• Formality expected
• Friends and Acquaintances Defined
  More Narrowly
• Ownership of books
• Cleanliness is godliness
    Organizational Structure
• Germans
  – Highly Compartmentalized
• French
  – Highly Centralized
                Clothing
• Germans
  – Neatness, conservative colors
• French
  – Style
              Americans
• Both French and Germans report liking
  Americans (although these days not their
  government)
• Both think American businessmen are not
  very well educated
• French think Americans dress with no style
• Germans think Americans are sloppy in dress
• Biggest fault of Americans - “Flakiness”

				
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