I have worked all over the world in my 20+ years in IT consulting.
In my experience I have found that although everyone has the overall aim of delivering products of the highest quality, there still remain differences which determine how we achieve it. This could be due to cultural factors and how different people see the world differently.
I am currently in the middle of a PhD investigating a different approach to Software Quality and would really appreciate assistance from the Developer community of all nationalities in participating in a short, anonymous survey.
My homepage located at Thames Valley University, London, describes the PhD research and myself, in more detail and has the link to the short, anonymous, survey.
I do hope you can find the time to participate in the survey and help contribute to the understanding of Software Quality in a different way.