• The Culture Map

  • Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business
  • By: Erin Meyer
  • Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (767 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An international business expert helps you understand and navigate cultural differences in this insightful and practical guide, perfect for both your work and personal life. 

Americans precede anything negative with three nice comments; French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans get straight to the point; Latin Americans and Asians are steeped in hierarchy; Scandinavians think the best boss is just one of the crowd. It's no surprise that when they try and talk to each other, chaos breaks out. In The Culture Map, INSEAD professor Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain in which people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together. She provides a field-tested model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business, and combines a smart analytical framework with practical, actionable advice. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2016 Erin Meyer (P)2019 PublicAffairs

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Insightful, fun, and educational

Growing up in the Middle East, I found it both shocking and surprising how different Americans were in the way they related to others. Now I know why, and also why I had such a hard time adjusting to American culture.

This book does a fantastic job of showing with lots of fun, surprising, and embarrassing anecdotes why people from one culture struggle to relate to and do business with people from other cultures and vice versa.

I’ve spent decades talking to people from other cultures but it wasn’t until I read this book that I finally understood why and how to avoid some of the embarrassing mistakes I’ve made trying to make connections with folks from different cultures.

If you’re traveling to another country for business or pleasure, read this book before you even get on the plane. The book was entertaining, educational, surprising, and informative. Excellent narration. Definitely looking forward to listening to it again and again.

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Inaccurate geographical information

While listening to the audio book, there is a statement in “Two types of trust and how they grow” section,min 16:00.
she mentioned Saudi Arabia located in the Southern Hemisphere,
Correction:Saudi Arabia is located in the northern hemisphere.

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Incredibly helpful!

I work in a multicultural team and this book explained so much for me! So many valuable insights. I wish I read it before.

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Incredibly insightful

The book is incredibly insightful. The performance was goo but Audible must fix the glitch o f the pdf not being available.

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Different yet the same

This is a terrific book for business and life. I can see using the scale in my interactions with colleagues in India and the UK as well as with friends in Florida or Hawaii. Very insightful, easy to understand, and informative. Loved the reader, too.

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Human Relations Bible

This book is an excellent resource for anyone studying human relations. Erin’s use of real world examples and vignettes are priceless. She breaks down and explains many of the cultural issues and practices that are faced by a globalized workforce. This book will remain in my resource kit for many years. Don’t hesitate to buy this book.

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Excellent business applications

I have traveled extensively and work in a global team in the technology sector. Even with decades of international experience I still learned many things that I started to observe and apply in equal measures right away. Well worth the read - strongly recommend for global teams!

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Great reading

If your work on a worldwide environment or you are about to jump into international interactions this is a great resource to soften the rough edges on communication and business.

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Easy listening with valuable content

Quite easy to listen to as the reader has a clear voice and uses intonation and voices to keep the loaner engaged. Thus it makes it easy to listen even at high speeds.

As for the book's content: it provides invaluable clear and concise information on how to drive through the maze of cultural differences. A must read for any manager or team member working within a multicultural environment.

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Read this book!

Awesome! I decided to listen to this book not for business reasons but to better understand various cultures. It exceeded my expectations.

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  • A. Morrish
  • 06-19-21

a difficult listen

well read, but I was so glad when it ended.
written before the pandemic and glorifying travel this feels like a real anachronism unsuited to the needs of 2021 when the pressures of inappropriate carbon footprint, work at the speed of data, poor global supply chain management and increasingly fractional roles mean it's academic thesis resonates far less strongly. add in too little weight to the individual and the globalisation of business culture by the combination of social media, global investment portfolios and personality I really felt the balance of the book was flawed.
it bears an arrogance of writing and apparent need to analyse rather than encourage empathy which I'm afraid left me struggling to consider it a useful reference text, but rather a near history of a different era

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  • Rebeka
  • 06-11-20

Must read for an international corporation worker

Would strongly recommend to all international corporation workers, especially managers. Eye opening, easy to digest read.

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  • Flavia Carloni
  • 01-09-20

Great book

I recently moved from Brazil to UK, for a new job. Moved with my family, so it’s a new job for me and new life for us. The book was so useful to understand some situations that I already experienced in my professional life, working with multicultural teams and I’m sure it will help me deal better with my new life.

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  • Asta Pramuditya
  • 11-15-19

Fascinating way of understanding cultural challenges

Erin has a great approach to help us understand different cross cultural challenges. Her methods explain how to deal with different situations in a structural way and concrete manner. As an Indonesian who was born and raised in Indonesia with an eastern family tradition - lived in India, Turkey, and now in France and work regularly in the UK, I encounter these cross cultural challenges in everyday’s life. After listening to this Culture Map audiobook, I feel like I am given the tool to handle the frustrations caused by these cross cultural challenges. Erin offers strategic solutions to be applied effectively in dealing with those challenges. Best audiobook of the year. Thumbs up and bravo Erin!

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  • Adriennecg
  • 06-18-22

Incredibly valuable

As someone who works across countries frequently, this book provides invaluable insights and guidance for how to navigate cultural differences more effectively. I highly recommend this book for anyone who engages with people from other national cultures - which is pretty much everyone these days!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-22

Must-read survival guide to anyone working cross cultures

Working in a culture myself that is fundamentally on the opposite scale of all eight culture scales in Erin Meyer’s book (being a Dane working in China), this has become my best leadership tool ever. Can’t recommend enough to especially leaders in multi-cultural
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  • Lucie Miller-Potucka
  • 04-27-22

Really useful

I truly enjoyed the book and it helped me to navigate in my global team that I joined couple of months ago. Sadly the author does not cover the all nations in the book such as Central Europe but it may not be possible without experience.

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  • Sami
  • 04-22-22

Simply amazing

This book will serve me well, not just in business, but in my life from here on. If you’re going to work with people from other countries, I’m convinced this book will save you a Lot of time and frustration.

Both content and delivery was wonderful. I will listen to this book again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-22

Strongly recommended

Excellent book on the cultural differences that might affect business relations, very focused and providing enough examples for each case.

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  • Zilvinas Janusonis
  • 01-22-22

Weak

Listened a third of this book, but it was so weak, uninteresting, superficial and so on. Do not recommend.