Date of Award

Spring 1993

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Engineering Management & Systems Engineering


Engineering Management

Committee Director

Frederick Steier

Committee Member

Barry Clemson

Committee Member

Laurence Richards

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E555U47


'Culture' can be described as patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that distinguish one cultural group from another. Cultural diversity is therefore likely to introduce variety to organizations in which individuals from different national backgrounds are working together. Although this variety bears the potential for an improvement of the cognitive development in the organizations, managers of multicultural business organizations tend to perceive cultural diversity as a disadvantage. This thesis attempts to identify the impact of cultural differences between Germans and Americans on organizations in which German managers work with American employees. German managers of eight business subsidiaries in the Hampton Roads area are asked for their experience as Germans in American organizations. The analysis of the obtained statements identifies possible impacts of cultural differences on these organizations and shows how the interviewed managers adapt their behavior and style to the American work-environment.


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