Differences in culture, language, dialects or terminology may result in miscommunication and cause problems. While both parties may think that they understand what the other party has said, a true agreement may be missing. A simple word like “plant,” for instance, can be a source of confusion – in the Far East, the word “plant” is interpreted to mean only a living organism, not a physical facility.

Source: Dobler, D.W., & Burt, D.N. (1996). Purchasing and Supply Management. (6th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.