Cultural Profiles for Effective Workplace CommunicationUnited States of America/AlaskaStatisticsContinent: North AmericaPopulation: According to the 2006 U. S Bureau of the Census Population Estimate Program, Alaska has a population of approximately 670,000 people. Of this population, 67% are white, 16% Native American Indians, 4.6% Asians and 3.7% African Americans with 4.7% reporting more than one ethnicity (NNLM, 2009)Official language: Although there is no official language in Alaska primarily due to the different cultural backgrounds of the population, it is estimated that almost 90% of the population speak English whiles 5.2% speak one of several Native American Indian languages such as Yup’ik as well as the Inuit-Inupiaq family of languages.
Other most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Filipino. For the purpose of this study, the Inupiaq native will be the subject of this project. In particular, the project will find out the various cultural as well as language differences one needs to take into consideration when conducting business in the area. Currency: United States Of American Dollar ($)Nearest neighbours: By far the largest state of America in terms of its area, Alaska is bordered on the east by Canada and on the north by the Arctic Ocean and then in west and south by the Pacific Ocean with Russia further west across the Bering Straits (wikipedia. org, 2009)Major trade resources: Alaska has a rich deposit of natural resources in the state, making it one of the wealthiest state in the union by resources.
The five major trade resources in Alaska are oil, diamond, gold, lumber and copper. Tourism is also an important trade resource for the state. Political structure: Just like all states in the union, Alaska is governed as a republic with 3 arms of government made up of an executive branch consisting of the governor and a ceremonial figurehead of a lieuternant governor as well as other elected constitutional officers.
A legislative assembly which is the law making body consist of a house of representative and an upper chamber, the senate and a judicial branch which is responsible for adjudicating the laws of the state consist of the supreme court as well as other lower courts. Administratively, unlike other states in the US, Alaska is organised into boroughs rather than counties.
There are 16 boroughs making up the state and remote areas not included in the borough are divided into census areas or what has been referred to as ‘unorganized areas’. The state’s most populous city is Anchorage which is home to 278,700 people in 2006. The capital of Alaska is Juneau. use this font for your caption/reference1. Communication stylesAlaska is a state with variety of ethnic groups and languages. In 2000, 2.5 million Americans described themselves as either American Indians or Alaskan Native representing various tribal entities.
Thus to be able to communicate effectively, particularly from a business point of view, it is imperative that the cultural heritage of the people are taken into consideration. The Inupiaq tribe is one group whose cultural heritage needs to taken into consideration. This would help an organisation maximize its productivity with a high labour retension. The Inupiat are the farthest north aboriginal people in the world. They cover the broadest range of any of the four hundred plus Native American languages (NNLM, 2009).