List of Sources
for Working Across Cultures: A Bibliography
Prepared by J. N.
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA.
For a geographical index, please start here.
Alphabetical by Author
Alphabetical by Author
, The Simple Guide to Customs and Etiquette in China, Bravo (2004) ISBN 1857333861
Claire Wallerstein, Culture Shock Costa Rica, Marshall Cavendish Corporation (2007) ISBN 076142492X.
Roni Zirinski, Ad Hoc Arabism: Advertising, Culture, and Technology in Saudi Arabia, Peter Lang Publishing (2005) ISBN 0820474452
Mike Zollo, Phil Turk, Teach Yourself World Cultures: Spain, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill (2004) ISBN 0071444343
Alphabetical by Author
Comparative Societies Series, published by McGraw-Hill. These present sociological analyses of some major countries, including the status of the economy, the family, religion, and so forth.
Culture and Customs Series, published by Greenwood. These hardback, well illustrated books generally cover history, religion, customs, media and the arts.
Cultural Dimensions Series, published by William Drake and Associates. "Cultural Dimensions Press is a small publishing house located in the Texas Hill Country. We are dedicated to publishing high quality, low-cost, practical and useful studies of world cultures... we work hard to interview and draw from the experiences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds as we attempt to outline the pathways to mutual understanding.
Culture Shock series, published by Graphics Arts Center Publishing Company and Marshall Cavendish. This is a broad and excellent collection of books generally (but not always) written by expatriates who have lived or worked in the country and have had to come to terms with the culture.
Culture Smart series, published by Kuperard and Graphics Arts Books. Concise guides to customs, values, traditions, etiquette, business practices, how to avoid faux pas. Less depth than the Culture Shock series.
Culture Wise series, published by Survival Books. Similar to Culture Smart series. (In British usage, "smart" means fashionable rather than clever.)
How to series (entitled Living and Working in …), published by How to Books. These emphasize practical advice for expatriates but generally contain a chapter on cultural matters.
In Focus series, published by Interlink. These excellent books cover history, economics, society, and the arts in Caribbean and Latin American countries.
In the Know Series, published by Living Language. These provide advice on etiquette and culture as well as a CD that teaches some common phrases.
Interact series, published by Intercultural Press. Interesting books that compare various cultures with U.S. culture.
McGraw-Hill Series. These small books go by the titles The French Way, The Italian Way, etc. They list cultural traits alphabetically.
NTC business series, published by NTC Passport Books. These are more pamphlets than books, but they draw an interesting contrast with U.S. practices on facing pages.
Oxfam Country Profiles series, published by Oxfam. These deal mainly with economic development.
Passport Pocket series, published by World Trade Press. These small books contain a summary of etiquette and cultural traits.
Peoples of South-East Asia and the Pacific series, published by Blackwell. These are anthropological treatises that are nonetheless sufficiently accessible to a lay audience to be useful.
Postcommunist States and Nations series, published by Routledge. This series is primarily focused on political history, economics, and international relations, but usually with some mention of social or cultural factors.
Simple Guide series¸ published by Global Books Ltd. These cover etiquette and some basic cultural traits. They are used by U.S. State Department. One can hope that an agency with its responsibilities would use more adequate cultural sources as well.
Succeed in Business series. This is the business version of the Culture Shock series (same publisher).
Success Secrets series. This is an updated version of the Succeed in Business series.
Survival Handbook series, published by Survival Books. These books contain mainly practical advice for expatriates, but one can infer something about the culture from practical matters.
Teach Yourself series, published by McGraw-Hill. These helpful books summarize history, language, politics, the arts, religion, and some other cultural characteristics.