U.S. and Japan

Cultural Barriers

A Message from your Business Librarian

While working on your assignment, keep in mind the University Libraries are here to help. I understand your assignment is a scenario where several employees from Tokyo were relocated to the corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The U.S. company, Wentworth-Millard a mid-size retailer acquired the Tokyo company, Azuma and have noticed the Japanese employees are uncomfortable with expressing disagreement. Their goal is to make all employees comfortable with speaking up. Because there are communication issues, you have been hired as a consultant to help. Wentworth-Millard has hired you to address the following issues during their next meeting.

  • What potential cultural barriers prevent successful collaborations
  • How to encourage open conversations to gather feedback

When writing your report, be sure to reference the Functional Model and FBC Workshop website.

Below are suggested reading materials to help you build your proposal. The resources have been categorized and each title is hyperlinked for your convenience. If you are in need of further assistance, I encourage you to contact us, email me directly (narvaez@uark.edu), or schedule an appointment.

Build Your Background Knowledge

**You may want to read pages 195-218 online rather than downloading the entire book**
**Read pages xix-xxix**

Leading a Diverse Team

Diverse Teams Collaborating

Reading a Peer Reviewed Article

Do you get overwhelmed when reading a peer reviewed article? Then, check out the video below. It is a short film that explains the sections of a peer reviewed article, so you can decided where to aim your focus. A link to this video is on the Finding Articles tab in the Business Research guide.
Reading a Peer Reviewed Article