Resolving Universalist and Particularist Dilemmas

Posted by mjmedlock on January 8, 2011 in Intercultural management |

The topic of this TED talk is actually to do with practical wisdom, but it is useful for students of intercultural management as well becuase illustrates some examples of how to approach resolving intercultural dilemmas; in particular the universalist vs particularist dilemma.

Use Barry Scwartz’s approach to think about how you would resolve other intercultural conflicts. Because this is the key to intercultural management. It’s not enough to know about another culutre’s preferences, you need to be able to create workable solutions that take into consideration the preferences of both cultures. Hopefully, this synergy will mean that you get the best of both worlds.

To find out more about Barry Schwartz’s ideas read his two most famous books The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less (P.S.) and Practical Wisdom.

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