Oceania

Oceania is a geographical and cultural region in the tropical zone of the Pacific Ocean.�It extends from Belau (Palau) in the west to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in the east and from Hawai'i in the north to French Polynesia in the south. The indigenous peoples of this large sea of islands share many values and customs.�At the same time, there are differences between the island cultures, including differences related to the several colonising metropolitan powers.

Cultural Detective Oceania looks at the shared values of these islanders and explores�areas where outsiders often feel confused and frustrated. The background materials, case studies and exercises will�assist you in being more effective in Oceania.

Cultural Detective Oceania contains the following stories and critical incidents:

  • Conference Design:

    A U.S. American HIV/AIDS educator is puzzled by the behaviour of Samoan participants at a conference she has organised.

  • Constructive Feedback:

    Suggestions from a Dutch manager of a European Union project in Tuvalu to his local colleague have unexpected results.

  • Groundbreaking Ceremonies:

    A Tongan official and the Belgian manager of a European Union project in Tonga attend groundbreaking ceremonies.

  • Mining Adventure:

    A protracted contracting process in Papua New Guinea frustrates a German manager of a mining company.

  • Overseas Studies:

    A Solomon Island technician encounters a different teaching style while on a management course at an Australian university.

  • Questions:

    A New Zealand consultant working in Kiribati and local staff feel mutually confused and frustrated.

  • Performance Review:

    A U.S. American hotel manager conducts performance reviews in Pohnpei.

Cultural Detective Oceania is authored by Barbara Pirie, the Oceanic Wantoks and Dianne Hofner Saphiere.

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