Determining your overall cultural orientation:



Our full IAP (InterCultural Assessment Profiler) cross-cultural questionnaire has been completed by over 80,000 respondents in nearly 100 countries and forms the cornerstone of our work. This enables respondents to determine their own fully comprehensive cross-cultural profile with personalized feedback and is essential for understanding the fundamentals of cultural differences.

With this short 'taster version' you can obtain an approximate first level assessment of your overall orientation by answering a very short version of the questionnaire containing just seven questions. (The full IAP contains some 58 questions).

There are no right or wrong answers, people from different cultures will answer differently. By asking you to complete this short questionnaire, we can illustrate thew type of profile generated and an example of what this means in comprehending your own cultural preferences and thus what this means in temrs of doing business and managing across cultures.

(No gender bias is implied by the use of 'he', so please interpret all questions from either gender).
Question 1 of 7 You are riding in a car driven by a close friend, and he hits a pedestrian. You know he was going at least 45 mph in an area of the city where the maximum is 30 mph. His lawyer says that if you testify under oath that his speed was only 30 mph, it may save your friend from serious consequences. There are no other witnesses.

What right does your friend have to expect you to protect him?
As a friend he has some right to expect me to testify that he was only going 30 mph so I will say this in court.
As a friend he has little or no right to expect me to testify that he was only going 30 mph so I will not say this in court.
Question 2 of 7 Your view of time:

When planning, making decisions, and considering a course of action, do you mainly think in terms of:

A predominantly past orientation: Learning from previous projects completed successfully and decisions to guide your current thinking
A predominantly present orientation: The here and now of the current issues you are facing.
A predominantly future orientation: Anticipating future markets, changes and consequences of actions taken now.
Question 3 of 7 A defect caused by negligence of a member of the team is discovered.

The responsibility could be carried by the individual alone, or by the team as a whole. Who do you think should carry the responsibility?

The person causing the defect is responsible. Therefore he should be called to account by superiors.
Because people work on a team, the responsibility should be carried by the group. This time one member has made a mistake. Next time it could be someone else on the team.
Question 4 of 7 There are two extreme ways to consider an organisation. Which of these two ways better represent the way you perceive the essence of an organisation?

An organisation is a system designed to perform functions and tasks in an efficient way. People are hired to fulfil these functions with the help of machines and other equipment. They are paid for the tasks they perform.
An organisation is a group of people working together. The people have a social relationship with other people and with the organisation. The functioning of the company depends on these relationships.
Question 5 of 7 Of the following two statements, which do you believe to be more in line with your reality?

Without the right break, one cannot be an effective leader or the perfect job.
Capable people who fail to become leaders have not taken advantage of their opportunities.
Question 6 of 7 Generally, it is unprofessional to express emotions overtly?

I agree.
I disagree.
Question 7 of 7 The respect and status a person gets is highly dependent on the family background from which he comes?

I agree.
I disagree.