The Culture Map

  • by Erin Meyer
  • Narrated by Karen Saltus
  • 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Culture Map, renowned expert Erin Meyer offers highly practical and timely perspective on one of today's most pressing business issues: How do different cultures influence the way to do business when working globally. And she explains how to dramatically increase business success by improving one's ability to understand the cultural drivers of colleagues, clients, and suppliers from different countries. With the rapid increase in global call centers, outsourcing, supply chains, and project teams, cultural diversity touches almost everyone. Globalization has led to the rapid connection of internationally based employees from all levels of multinational companies.
The advent of information and communication technology means that work itself has globalized. Where once you might have been expected to collaborate with colleagues from one or two foreign territories, today many people are part of global networks connected with people scattered around the world. Yet most managers have little understanding of how local culture impacts global interaction. Even those who are culturally informed, travel extensively, and have lived abroad often have few strategies for dealing with the cross-cultural complexity that affects their team's day-to-day effectiveness. Culture Map provides a new way forward, with vital insights for working effectively and sensitively with one's counterparts in the new global marketplace.


What the Critics Say

"Although we live in an increasingly digitally connected and virtual business world, this book reminds us that understanding cultural differences in human interactions still matters. Global leaders know that blending cultural and individual diversity in teams is a sure recipe for better business outcomes. But this diversity needs to be first understood and then proactively managed. Meyer presents a brave, research-based, analysis of how to do just that. With clear and practical frameworks, The Culture Map will help business leaders become 'cultural bridge builders' to the benefit of their teams and organizations." (Dr. Didier CL Bonnet, Global Head of Practices, Capgemini Consulting)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Terrible accents by Narrator--shameful!

What disappointed you about The Culture Map?

This book has excellent content but the narration was simply atrocious. The narrator tries to provide accents to various quotes and they are ridiculous. If you cannot do the accent correctly, you should avoid it. To try and be so far off is to be insulting. It sounds as if she is "making fun" of people's accents. The Spanish accent and the Indian accent and the Danish accent sound the same. She can't even get the British accent correct.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?


Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Saltus’s performances?

No, never.

Any additional comments?

I will recommend that people read this book in print. Avoid the audiobook completely. It comes off racist, demeaning and insulting to those with accents.

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- GK "cn"

Borderline racist read of an otherwise good book.

What did you like best about The Culture Map? What did you like least?

The info seems solid, but the performance makes it a struggle to get through.

Who was your favorite character and why?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen Saltus?

Anyone. Karen Saltus would be great if she didn't try all of her pathetic and very obviously not well researched accents. Her "Dutch" accent sounds like a mix of her Chinese and French mixed together. Seriously offensive, terrible and racist accents ruin an otherwise good book. The fact that the book is preaches cultural sensitivity and they have someone making cartoonish insensitive attempts at every accent in the world was a terrible decision.

Could you see The Culture Map being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

Awful performance....seriously, the worst.

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- quentinsunview

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC