India

If there’s one single line to sum up India, it’s that it is a land of contrasts and contradictions, in everything from the topography to the culture, cuisines and, of course, the people. You’ll experience extremes and that isn’t always the most comfortable feeling. India plays by rules that change almost as often as they are created. Just when you think you’ve figured out a system or context, you could be faced with the exact opposite. This is a country that makes it very easy for people from outside to stereotype—and yet that is the biggest mistake you could make. Treat each case on its own merit and be prepared to be surprised by a country that will give you a lot, if you’re willing to take it. 

Cultural Detective India provides an engaging platform to understand and appreciate these finer nuances of Indian cultural values.

Cultural Detective India contains the following stories and critical incidents:

Cultural Detective India contains the following stories and critical incidents:

  • Business Plan Meeting:

    Bernhard Schmidt, a German manager, conducts the annual business planning meeting with his Indian colleague, Deepak Anand.

  • Construction Project:

    Tensions rise between Japanese and Indian engineering consultants.

  • Joint-Venture Negotiations:

    Ms. Bengtsson leads a team from a Swedish telecommunications equipment company visiting India for joint-venture negotiations.

  • Sales Turnaround:

    A young Indian MBA, Satish Kannan, tries to negotiate changes with an older Indian on his sales team.

  • Technology Transfer:

    A team of Indian engineers spends three months in the United States training on new equipment.

  • The Specific Request:

    Internationally successful Finnish manager, Antti Virtanen, has a difficult time teaming with Shruti Bose and the Indian team.

  • Trip to Kerala:

    Dutch exchange student Amy De Vries leads an excursion of her international colleagues but becomes frustrated with the hotel.

  • Vishvakarma Pooja:

    A US American executive, Herbert Nelson, introduces changes in an Indian manufacturing plant.

While all Cultural Detective packages are regularly updated, the second edition of CD India includes a new Values Lens, several new incidents, and fully updated and revised content. Extra! Cultural Detective India includes information on both traditional and changing values in Indian society.

Cultural Detective India is authored by Shilpa Subramaniam, Melanie MartinelliMadhukar Shukla and Dianne Hofner Saphiere.

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