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Indonesians aren’t punctual, but the Germans believe timeliness is a sign of respect. The French are well educated, but elitist. And, spouses and children don’t always find living abroad to be a "grand experience." Those are just some of the things you’ll learn from Dr. Elizabeth Marx, who explores why many managers have a horrible time abroad. To help improve your managerial experience overseas, she provides a 100-plus item checklist of what to do before you leave for a foreign country, including information on whether to sell your house or have your children inoculated. Her book tells the ambitious manager Everything You Always Wanted To Know About the International Experience but Were Afraid to Ask. For instance - and this isn’t surprising considering her background in psychology - she tells corporations to provide psychological testing for employees before sending them to international posts. getAbstract says read this before you plan your bon voyage party.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What challenges come with a stint abroad
  • Why culture shock is perfectly normal and should be anticipated; and
  • Which ten steps will help you minimize it.

About the Author

Dr. Elizabeth Marx is a director of Norman Broadbent International, a worldwide executive search company. She focuses on the search for and the psychological development of international executives and carries out research on boardroom issues. Based in London, she works throughout Europe and the United States, and lectures internationally on management topics. She trained in psychology at the University of Marburg, gained her doctorate at Oxford University and was previously a lecturer in psychology at the National University of Singapore.



What is Culture Shock
Culture shock is the experience of foreignness. Adapting to this experience, or failing to adapt, is a major professional challenge in international business. Whereas some executives clearly thrive on this challenge, others feel disoriented and anxious and do not ...

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