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This essay attempts to provide an insight into our lived and learnt experiences that have originated from both our ChineseMalaysian and Australian backgrounds We have applied our differing cultural backgrounds to different social situations illuminate some of the difficulties that may be faced when doing business with people come from differing cultural backgrounds such as ours We have used the process of critical self reflection to comment on the differences that we have found between our two cultures The way in which ChineseMalaysian and Australian cultural understandings differ in areas such as the family building trust and loyalties and social niceties are explored The implications of these different understandings are then applied to international business and international human resource management IHRM Kath Fisher 2004 defines the process of critical reflection as on ongoing process of analysing ones own positioning She writes that it requires a level of self-awareness and argues that is challenging as it requires the individual to question their own unconsciously-held beliefs and assumption These beliefs and assumptions are often held and supported by the social institutions and structures surrounding them Through working together we have been able to share some of own beliefs that we hold and thus has provided us both with an opportunity to question our own self-positioning We firstly discussed the common ground that we did share and used this as a springboard to start to explore some of different ideas and understandings that we held that have originated from our very different upbringings We both held contrasting opinions and differing interpretations of different social situations cultural practices such as telling the truth and overtaking the family business Through our discussions together it enabled us both to understand how different cultural positions have the potential to have strong impacts on businesses operations and expatriates operating outside their own cultural norms Doing business that transcends national borders has become common practice in the twenty-first century Therefore ever increasingly
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