Time perception and transfer to foreign corpo
Time perception there’s a value in understanding and appreciating the sens of time in other cultures. For traveler or the person attempting to live in another #culture adjusting to a different #perception of time may be quite difficult. For example an investigation of “culture shock” amoung USA Peace Corps volunteers revealed that two of the free greatest sources of adjustment difficulties were related to perception of time:
– The general peace of life and
– The #punctuality of the people.
Researchers have attempted to measure the general pace at which people live their lives in various cultures. One study has compared the peace of life in six countries: #England, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, Taiwan and the United States. In which country researchers collected data from the largest city and one medium-sized city.
They took three measures of the pace or tempo of life:
– The occurrence of Bank clocks. 15 Clocks were checked in each downtown area and compared to a variable correct time.
– The speed at which pedestrians walking alone. In each City 100 pedestrians walking around where timed for how long they took to walk 100 feet.
– The length of time needed to purchase a stamp. In each city, researchers measured the amount of time taken to respond to a written request to purchase a commonly used denomination of stamp.
The results of the study are shown in figure below. Japanese cities rated the highest on all free measures. They had the most accurate bank clock, the fastest pedestrians and the quickest postal Clerks. US cities were second in two of the three categories. Indonesian cities had the least accurate clocks and the slowest pedestrians. Italian cities had the slowest postal clerks.
From this and related study researchers have concluded that the city and the culture have a #pace of life that influence people’s behavior.
This piece of life is different in different culture and can be important in understanding the perception of time in this cultures.
Adjusting to a new pace of life is one of the challenges facing employees and managers of multinational corporations when they are transferred from the home country to foreign assignment.