The time orientation of a culture affects how it values time and control time. Therefore differing concepts of time and its management across cultures are a significant problem in global organizations.
Each culture has its own perspective of time, meeting deadlines and managing project workflows when working with people from different nationalities across the world can be one of the most challenging aspects of managing intercultural business relationships. Culturally different attitudes to time management can be extremely harmful in multinational organizations.
Monochronic versus Polychronic?
Interactions between the two types of cultures can be problematic. Recognizing whether you are dealing with a polychronic or monochronic culture and the attendant differences in how time and relationships are valued is crucial to being able to communicate effectively across cultures.
- Understand the importance of time between cultures
- Manage your time effectively
- Become more flexible and stress free
- Maximise your business potential
- Minimise misunderstandings