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Country's cultures affect workplace

Perth, Australia -- Globalization has many firms expanding abroad but this may require different management styles and modes of communication, U.S. and Australian researchers say.

Cristina B. Gibson of the University of Western Australia and Dana M. McDaniel of the University of California, Irvine, say people in different countries and different cultures think about work in different ways.

For example, U.S. companies often use language and metaphors. Elsewhere this is not common at all, while in Latin America, businesses often use family metaphors, Gibson says.