GEC Scenario #11: Karen in Tokyo

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Karen is a female engineer who works as a plant manager at a major automotive production facility in the Midwestern United States. She has spent the last five years leading an in-depth feasibility study to build another plant in Japan. Karen and her team are in Tokyo, getting ready for an important meeting with their Japanese business partner. A few days before the meeting, Karen’s supervisor asks a male, junior engineer who works for Karen to present the results of the feasibility study. What would you recommend Karen do in this situation?

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Citation: Jesiek, B. K. and Woo, S. E. (Eds.). (2018). GEC Scenario #11: Karen in Tokyo. Retrieved from

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1160455 and 1254323. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. We also acknowledge support for this work from Purdue's Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR).