As value networks increase in breadth and scope, and span transnational boundaries, it is important to command a degree of cultural fluency to assure success.
The language of
networks is universal. Still, it is prudent and recommended to have an
awareness and sensitivity to culture when conducting network analysis in
For decades I’ve used and relied upon Culture Grams: concise, reliable, and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
They are produced by BYU for, well, obviously reasons, given global LDS activities.
As an HR director and long-time expat at HP, I recommended and used them day to day. The four-page PDFs are excellent. Here is a sample.
Besides developing awareness and building cultural competence for different global locales, it is fun to read the Culture Gram from your OWN country/state/province to discover your idiosyncrasies that others (and you) may need to understand.
The next most important property to assure success and prosperity in culture-spanning business activities is, by far, a sense of humor.