Blogs for Culture Vultures

Hierarchy and South Korean Culture

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Could South Korea’s hierarchical culture have caused planes to crash?

If you work or do business with South Koreans, you really need to understand hierarchy.

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Describing 'Culture' With 5 Images

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What would you draw to illustrate the meaning of 'culture'?

This is a little exercise we commonly use in cultural awareness training courses to get people thinking about how culture works.

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How to Deal with 'No' in Chinese Communication Culture

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Do you work with the Chinese?

A common challenge many foreigners come across is how to handle the word ‘no’.

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5 Weird Things Americans Do

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Every country has its quirks, right?

Well, the Land of Hope and Freedom is no different.

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Sabai: Understanding Thai Business Culture Through its Values

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Foreigners working in Thailand can misunderstand the local culture in many ways.

Thais tend to be judged against values and standards that are alien to them which leads to their behaviours and actions being seen incorrectly.

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3 Reasons Why Cultural Awareness Training is Essential to Success

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Does Cultural Awareness training work?

Will investing in such training really offer any sort of ROI and help your staff?

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Why Do Cultures Exist?

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Where did 'culture' come from? What does 'culture' do?

In order to get to heart of cultural difference, you need to understand what culture is, how it works and why it exists.

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How Do Cultural Differences Affect International Business?

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Culture is a complex thing.

It affects everything we do from the way we raise our kids to the way we do business.

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Why do Indians Nod their Head When Speaking?

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This question is often asked in Indian intercultural training programmes.

"We don't get it! Why do they always nod? And in different ways too!?"

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Why is the Middle East called the Middle East?

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A question commonly raised during Middle East cross-cultural training is why the region is named this way.

Geographically, there’s very little ‘east’ in the Middle East.

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Intercultural, Cross-cultural and Multicultural – What do they mean and why does it matter?

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Cross-cultural, intercultural and multicultural don’t mean the same thing.

Although these terms are often used interchangeably, they do, in fact, have very different meanings.

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Common Stereotypes and Misconceptions of Chinese Culture

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It’s fair to say that most ethnic groups stereotype other ethnicities.

Whilst stereotypes provide a way of understanding one’s own culture or ethnicities against other’s, they are generally unhelpful and misleading.

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Cultural Differences, Trust and Business Relationships

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What impact do you think cultural differences have on a business relationship and trust building?

Well, researchers have taken the time to try and find out!

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10 Cultural Differences Between Japanese and Western Workplaces

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Working with the Japanese in a professional capacity can be tough.

For some cultures, such as for Americans, Canadians, Germans, Australians and British, the Japanese culture can seem a little alien.

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British vs. Indian Culture - Important Cultural Differences

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What are some of the important differences between British and Indian culture?

In this blog we'll examine some of the common areas within the workplace and professional world where Brits and Indians don't quite see eye-to-eye.

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10 Common Cultural Differences when Working with Americans

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Depending on your own culture, working with Americans can be challenging.

When delivering cross-cultural training we get to hear many of the challenges facing professionals when working in the USA or with Americans remotely.

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3 Real-life Examples of Cultural Misunderstandings in Business

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Need examples of cultural misunderstandings in business?

In this blog, we are going to share real-life examples of cultural misunderstandings from our cross-cultural training work.

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Why are the British so Cold and Unfriendly?

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This is a common stereotype often heard about the British.

In some parts of the world they have a reputation for being ‘cold’ and ‘unfriendly’.

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Western Cultures More Likely to Sacrifice Individuals Finds New Research

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Would you sacrifice one life to save many?

This is the question researchers posed to people around the world, gaining some fascinating insights into values, beliefs and cultural differences.

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What are Common Stereotypes About India?

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A vast and vibrant country, India and Indian culture attract many stereotypes.

Although there might be a little truth in some, very few of these stereotypes are rooted in reality.

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