Case Study

Case Studies invite us to imagine concrete situations which are analogous to those we experience working in and across cultures. Take your time. Reflect. Then give other CI members a sense for how you think. Only CI-Members have access to case studies.

A Little Process Handbook 

You’re a high-level attorney, a single parent raising two girls: Marie 15, Anna 12. You and your girls live in a lovely home in the Washington, D.C. suburbs with almost half an acre of land. The summers are hot, humid, often rainy. The grass needs to be cut once a week.

It’s time for Marie to take over mowing the lawn. It’s a little tricky, though. Tree roots pop up in unexpected spots. There is lots of mowing around bushes. The winds at night leave twigs strewn across the lawn. Tiny stones can shoot off like bullets into all sorts of directions. And the powerful mower is to be handled carefully. You need to explain to Marie how to cut the lawn efficiently, and without injuring herself or anyone else.

You are American. Because you can type fast, you pull out your laptop computer in order to write a process description for Marie. What will that little process handbook look like: topics, sequence of chapters, length, depth, etc.?

You are German. Your home is in a small town outside of Leipzig. Because you can type fast, you pull out your laptop computer in order to write a process description for Marie. What will that little process handbook look like: topics, sequence of chapters, length, depth, etc.?

ou are neither American nor German. Your home is in the suburb of a city. Because you can type fast, you pull out your laptop computer in order to write a process description for your 15 year old daughter. What will that little process handbook look like: topics, sequence of chapters, length, depth, etc.?

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