Concepts, Implementation and Effectiveness
New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
Edited by Michael Faure, Peter De Smedt and An Stas
Chapter 3: Connecting cultures: towards sustainable networking: key success factors for environmental cooperation across cultures
Culture is a set of shared and enduring meaning, values, and beliefs that characterize national, ethnic, or other groups and orient their behavior (Mulholland 1991). Culture is the way in which a group of people solves problems and reconciles dilemmas (Trompenaars 1998). There are several ways to describe culture, but in all definitions it relates to how people think and act and it distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture can also be viewed as the DNA of a certain group of people and as such can’t be changed very easily.
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