Culture shock or complementarity of civilisations ?

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Philippe NEMO

Professor, ESCP-EAP European School of Management

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Strategic consultant

Seminar Guest speakers | Monday May 15, 2006 - 19h - 21h15

In 1997, the publication of ‘The Clash of Civilisations’ by the American professor Samuel Huntington created a great deal of controversy by its suggestions that the 21st century would be the scene of long-lasting conflict between the West and Islam. Some years before, another American professor, Francis Fukuyama, in his book ‘The end of history and the last man’, went even further by forecasting the global triumph of the American political and economic model. What can be said today about the relationship between civilisations ? Philippe Nemo, in his book ‘Qu’est-ce que l’Occident ?’ (‘What is the West ?’), highlights the worldwide contribution of ideas the origins of which lie in Athens, Rome, Christianity, and their subsequent development in the West. Bernard Nadoulek’s view is that seven civilisations – African, Anglo-Saxon, Asian, Indian, Latin, Muslim and Slavonic – will permanently perpetuate themselves. A major return of these civilisations is undoubtedly the surest way of evolving forms of market economy and democracy which are adapted to the values of each of these important cultures.

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This session was published in issue n°64 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled La rencontre des cultures.

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