For example, a new group of employees in an Indian company. Similarly, a high-context individual could be considered vague, secretive, unpunctual, unable to adhere to plans, or incompetent due to a lack of ability to work on their own. Attention focuses more on what is said than relationships. On the left-hand side is the Individualistic way of communicating. One way to reach such an understanding is through the high and low context culture framework, developed by anthropologist. In low context cultures, the message is communicated almost entirely by the words and therefore needs to be explicit. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide.
We are comparing high context Mexico, Latin America to low-context United States, Canada, United Kingdom cultures. In an interpersonal disagreement, I tend to be more emotional than logical and rational. Because of this, and because of its exceptionally low in-migration and high cultural homogeneity, where nearly everyone has been raised according to exacting rules, much can go unsaid; in Western cultures, with high levels of cultural mixing, even basic things must be worked out, out loud — sometimes, loudly. An hour later I got an email from the person leading the meeting with a list of tasks assigned to each person and description of each of them. Otherwise check out the Resource page on this website: You do need to register for spam reasons.
Also, my personal preferences come into play, which are closer to the low-context part of the scale. Predictability is expected in a low-context culture and something impossible to manage in a high-context culture where seasonal items change and every customer pretty much knows the staple dishes of a local restaurant. University of Montana, Undergraduate Advising Center. Intact, close-knit groups tend to not need many words to explain a complicated message because everyone in this in-group shares common references. Every country in the world possesses its own culture. People speak English all over the world but interpret things quite differently.
Change is slow, and time is a process that belongs to others and nature. In the short segment, you see a private grandparent moment that the mischievous grandson takes advantage of in order to make some more pocket money. It takes these two to make meaning. We explained to the distributor that things tend to take more time in Mexico across the board. Messages are both spoken and read between the lines.
There was a time when I attended a meeting where a decision has been made on the task split and further steps of the project. This particular distributor is a pretty tough negotiator and takes his time in making decisions, and the manufacturer wants to know why things are taking so long in setting up distribution. In low-context cultures, the opposite is true. Were we not bringing cultural differences into the equation of our current negotiations with a European supplier and Mexican distributor, both parties may have already walked away from the table. Punctuality and structure are not as important and deadlines are something to aim for not to meet at all costs.
We find culture to essential be in assisting with Mexican market entry projects or serving as representatives for foreign firms with their Mexican distributors, locating Mexican suppliers, or consulting foreign firms on Mexican business practices. Your High context score is: Your Low context score is: The difference between your scores is : Before you see the interpretation of your scores, read this. It is still a high context culture and you are just alas , ignorant. In my academic classes, I like to use commercials to bring some points home. Hall notes a similar difference between speakers and English speakers in a United States school. Hi, my name is Marta. I would rather work in a group than by myself.
On the other hand, certain skills are unique for each culture and it is significant to note that these overlaps in communication techniques are represented subgroups within social interactions or family settings. I think it is fair to say that experience also tells us that grand theories of human beings can lead us just as much down the stray path as no theories of human beings. Privacy is important, so people stand farther apart. Why is the manufacturer frustrated? The identity of individuals is rooted in themselves and their accomplishments. The goal is almost always intergroup harmony. Generally, high-context cultures prefer oral communications, while low-context cultures favor written communications.
Cultures and languages are defined as higher or lower context on a spectrum. Since there are so many differences within a low-context culture, communication must be basic enough to allow for as many people to understand it as possible. High and low context cultures creates a scale to describe a cultures communication with others through their range of communication abilities; utilizing , relations, , and verbal or non verbal messages are ways in which a can be categorized. Low context refers to societies where people tend to have many connections but of shorter duration or for some specific reason. A few words can convey a complicated message as many customs, ideas, and expectation are understood as being implicit among the conversation partners. In chapter two, we will dissect all the pieces of the high and low-context culture puzzle. This post is written by Robert Stitt, a content writer with Ulatus.
Low-context cultures such as the United States tend to favor multiple interpersonal connections, and most or all of which have a shorter duration. This is often where breaks down. Stories, sayings, and even gestures are understood by everyone in the room, so a newcomer would be lost in that setting. The point is that that information has been made conscious, systematic, and available to those who have the resources to learn it. Let me give a simple example. When it comes to emails, texts, and online messaging, low-context cultures use it to fire off quick, frequent messages.
Japanese who are accustomed to interacting with foreigners are aware of this difference, and make allowances for it; foreigners would be wise to reciprocate. When tackling a new task, I would rather figure it out on my own by experimentation than follow someone else's example or demonstration. Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice 1st ed. Being an American and moving from a lower context culture to a higher context culture, you will experience different emotions and challenges than moving from higher context culture to the lower one. Remember that every culture and every situation has its high and low aspects. Once you can recognize the differences, she helps you use visual and nonvisual cues in the environment to inform your actions and respond effectively.