The culture abacus is a tool we use on our “Tools for cross-cultural success” training program. We train participants to diagnose their own and others’ cultures against 5 major drivers of difference in behaviours at work.
We use the culture abacus to create a gap analysis between 2 or more national, functional or corporate cultures and then plan ways to manage the gaps through better working practices, meetings, decision making and communication.
It can also be used to analyze and deal with legacy cultural differences before and during merger and acquisition processes and integration as a “cultural due diligence” tool.
This video models the use of the culture abacus in practice
If you enjoyed this check out the video on the first tool for cross-cultural success The Onion.