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The world today is changing rapidly and it is going global in nature. In this context of globalization, cultural differences are playing an increasingly important role for all of to see. Cultural diversity is now an asset to the company.

In effect, this allows it to adapt itself better, innovate, attract executives, or even better respond to the complexity of the environment. However, diversity can lead to certain risks such as misunderstanding, failure, conflict, etc. That means the companies must take this into account if they want to survive in this competitive world or not. To do so, should one still understand and implement an effective inter-cultural management.

This leads one to wonder, then, at the same time about its own culture and the culture of others, in that way they can each wear a share of the universal.

During the stay in the United States, particularly in Georgetown University, has allowed the author to wonder about the cultural differences between France and the United States. The author had chosen to deepen the institutional difference that seemed to be the most objective and most noticeable during the stay: the education system.It seemed interesting to compare it with French education system.

It is a theme even more captivating as the author is currently a student and therefore rooted in the institution permanently. But why to choose the educational system that at first seems to be neither a value nor a practice or behavior. This institution is certainly not a culture but it is a vehicle of culture. Indeed, the educational system is somehow the rules adopted by a corporation.

This system represents the constraints of human origin, it regulates human interaction (North, 1990). The education system is considered as a primary institution. However, as one can observe throughout this study, it has many impacts on the institution that has become secondary now. One can then ask the question: how an educational system can have implications in terms of management? And what are the repercussions?

This paper will perform in a first step, a comparative analysis of French and American educational systems. This comparison will be presented from a theoretical point of view but also in practice as of personal observations. Then in the second part, it will highlight the different impacts of this institutional difference on the contemporary management. This will, as the first part, be illustrated by current theoretical as well as personal experiences.

The mode of learning and education for young people influence their personalities and behaviors as an adult. Therefore, it seemed interesting to see how the education system could impact an entire society.

In the United States, the educational system is decentralized, most decisionson programs and funding are taken by local authorities: the school boards. Educational programs are usually established by each state.The federal government is mainly involved in financing education.

Private schools are developing their program freely in the public system and only 22 States shall establish a list of recommended text books. In most states, freedom of choice is total. The legislatures of each state establish a common minimum set of knowledge in programs.

Tags: Education system in United States and France, comparative study, cultural differences between France and the United States, education a vehicle for culture

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