Collaboration at Borders: The Two Faces of Personalism

  • Kathleen Staudt
  • Irasema Coronado


Personalism is alive and well in the business, public, and nonprofit worlds of Mexico and the United States. The timing and cues in both places may be different, and people who are open and sensitive to these alternatives do communicate successfully. The graduate-trained cross-border accountant who shared his insights with us is the quintessential borderlander. His family is from central Mexico, but he was born in El Paso, the family returned to Mexico for a few years, and then returned to El Paso. He describes himself as Americanized, and his peers Anglicized his first name, but he is a fluent speaker of both Spanish and English. Now his business cards list his Spanish first name. His perceptions of personal relationships and their timing in Mexico are widely shared at the border, although many “Americans” seem to mute attention to personal issues in the United States. Personal relationships are relevant to collaboration in the civic, business and public worlds of both countries and especially at the border, as framed and detailed further in this chapter.


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  • Kathleen Staudt
  • Irasema Coronado

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