Create two intercultural biographies (taken from your interviews). Compare and contrast the information taken from the biographies and analyse the results using appropriate intercultural frameworks.

Create two intercultural biographies (taken from your interviews). Compare and contrast the information taken
from the biographies and analyse the results using appropriate intercultural frameworks.
a) Using the ‘Cultural Autobiography’ questionnaire create your own cultural autobiography identifying the
major influences on your own life
b) Using the ‘Cultural Autobiography’ questionnaire create a cultural autobiography of someone you deem to
have a different cultural background to yourself and create their cultural autobiography
c) Compare and contrast the two profiles using the different cultural frameworks to explain both cultural
differences as well as similarities
• Demonstrate your awareness of self by completing a cultural autobiography questionnaire
• Demonstrate your awareness of different cultures interviewing a colleague with a different background using
the cultural autobiography questionnaire
• Compare and contrast the two biographies and identify both similarities and differences
• Use your cultural frameworks to evaluate those similarities and differences
Use ONLY the following frameworks: Trompenaars and Turner (neutral vs emotional cultures, seven
dimensions), Edward Hall – the concept of high and low context, value orientation by Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck
(1960) and Hofstede
DO NOT USE REFERENCES IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY PRESENTENTATION, NEITHER IN BELIEFS AND
NORMS AS SHOULD BE SOMETHING THAT IS BELONGING TO US, PERSONAL, REFLEXIVE, IN
OUR WORDS.

  1. My autobiography only short details
    Like My name is Elena, I am from Romania, belong to an orthodox religion. This shaped me as a person as we
    have in Romania traditions related to going to church, have communion…Being an orthodox, influenced my
    activities…..etc…I have graduated elementary school, without the opportunity to continue studying . I had to
    give up school in order to help financially my family. I moved to Germany for a better life and to support my
    family when I was 23 years old, leaving my 2 kids behind to offer them a decent life. This event shaped me,
    made me more powerfull, hard working…There I have met Alina , a German lady. This move has influence a lot
    my way of thinking, working, I was able to see a completely different culture than mine…
  2. My friends autobiography, Alina Schmidt – few details background
    Alina is a German citizen, she belongs to a catholic religion…. And so on bit background details about German
    culture…. Write about Alina’s family structure, nationality, rituals of the family, environment of living,
    institutions like churches that influenced her, individuals, education or what have influenced you
  3. Introduction
    Culture differences can be challenging. The purpose of this report is to 2 autobiographies from different cultures.
    I have used the theory of Trompenaars and Turner, Edward Hall and Hofstede . ….so on….
  4. Cultural patterns
    4.1 Beliefs
    Speak about believes of religion and compare the two of them
    4.2 Edward Hall – the concept of high and low context theory a comparison between the 2 cultures
    4.3 Norms – politeness, greeting people in Romania compared with Germans that I felt as cold individuals and
    not socializing
  5. Neutral vs Emotional culture how the 2 culture perceive emotions…
  6. Universalism vs Particularism
  7. Conclusion
  8. Reference List

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