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7 - Meetings across Cultures

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A systematic review of differences in meeting expectations and norms for meeting processes across cultures is still missing. Moreover, the existing research lacks application of an integrating theoretical framework for assessing meeting differences. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the impact of cultural diversity on workplace meetings by integrating existing research on intercultural differences in meeting processes and by offering a unifying theoretical framework to understand meetings in a cross-cultural context. More specifically, we apply the Köhler, Cramton, and Hinds (2012) framework to published studies on cultural differences in meetings to explore its utility for systematic comparisons of meeting expectations across cultures. We further present an analysis of meeting expectation differences across cultures to initiate a more integrated attempt to study the impact of culture on meetings. At the conclusion of the chapter, we discuss the implications of our literature review for future meeting research across cultures.

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