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Cultural Differences in International Merger and Acquisitions

Cultural Differences in International Merger and Acquisitions

How Culture Can Make or Break a Cross-Cutural M&A

Want to discover how organisational culture, cross-cultural issues and cultural differences shape the success or failure of mergers and acquisitions?

In today’s global economy more people are paying attention to the impact of culture on the international business environment.

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Status - Cross Cultural Differences

Status - Cross Cultural Differences

Status exists in all societies but varies in fundamental ways. Cross cultural differences in they way in which we perceive status, gain status and react to status differ from culture to culture.

In this article we examine the cross cultural differences with relation to status and analyse how they manifest in certain areas in the workplace. For the sake of simplicity we identify two types of status; 'ascribed-status' and 'achieved-status'.

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Results of Poor Cross Cultural Awareness

Results of Poor Cross Cultural Awareness

Culture Matters

Having a poor understanding of the influence of cross cultural differences in areas such as management, PR, advertising and negotiations can lead to cultural blunders with potentially damaging consequences.

It is crucial for today's business personnel to understand the impact of cross cultural differences on business, trade and internal company organisation. The success or failure of a company venture, merger or acquisition is essentially in the hands of people. If these people are not cross culturally aware or cross culturally competent, then misunderstandings, offence and a break down in communication can occur.

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Leadership across Cultures

Leadership across Cultures

"Education is the mother of leadership."
Wendell Willkie

With the march of globalisation and internationalisation growing louder and stronger, few successful businesses can now escape the need to work across cultures.

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Intercultural Management

Intercultural Management

'The art of communication is the language of leadership'
James Humes

Today's businesses are complex entities. However, one fundamental principle of success remains constant - the need for communication.

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Intercultural Training and the Iceberg Model

Intercultural Training and the Iceberg Model

Many people question what culture is. How can it be defined? What analogies can be used to describe it?

In intercultural training one of the questions that is often asked of participants is to think what culture means to them. What picture can they draw to describe it?

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The Six Steps to Intercultural Communication

The Six Steps to Intercultural Communication

We live in an increasingly complex world.

One element of this complexity is the mixing of different cultures, languages and faiths.

Within the business world intercultural communication is vital for success.

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Intercultural Communication Tips

Intercultural Communication Tips

Working across cultures is a new experience for many people. 

Intercultural communication can be a dynamic and creative affair but occasionally due to the inability to interpret people correctly it can be a challenge.

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Cultural Sensitivity in Business

Cultural Sensitivity in Business

Businesses who ignore cultural and language differences, do so at their peril! 

In this article, we'll explore some real life examples of the damage caused when businesses fail to show cultural sensitivity. 

Before we do so, however, let's first look lay the foundations and take a look at the influence of culture more generally. 

Forget the saying 'the world is getting smaller' - it has gotten smaller. Advances in transport and communications technology, combined with the development of a world economy, have resulted in people from different nations, cultures, languages and backgrounds now communicating, meeting and doing business with one another more than ever.

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Cross Cultural Marketing Blunders

Cross Cultural Marketing Blunders

When Culture Ruins Marketing!

Although a little cruel, cross cultural marketing mistakes are a humorous means of understanding the impact poor cultural awareness can have when selling or working abroad.

Marketing is perhaps one of the trickiest elements to get right when taking your business or product into new and unchartered territories.

Language, culture, local practices and many other factors heavily influence success or failure.

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Cross Cultural Business Blunders

Cross Cultural Business Blunders

Looking for examples of cultural blunders?

Then you are in the right place! We have listed examples of cultural blunders in business below.

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Tips on Giving Cross Cultural Presentations

Tips on Giving Cross Cultural Presentations

Do you give presentations abroad or to multicultural audiences?

You don't want an audience looking like this do you?

This article gives great tips on delivering presentations across cultural lines:

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Cross Cultural Negotiations

Cross Cultural Negotiations

How to Approach International Negotiations with Cultural Awareness

  • Can your international negotiations feel like this sometimes?
  • Do you feel cultural differences get in the way of a successful negotiation?
  • Looking for tips on how to improve your negotiation style and techniques?

Then this is the article for you!

 

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Culture in Advertising

Culture in Advertising

"Culture is a like dropping an Alka-seltzer into a glass - you don't see it, but somehow it does something."

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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The Four Benefits of Intercultural Training

The Four Benefits of Intercultural Training

4 Fab Ways Cultural Training Helps

Intercultural training has become of increasing importance in the past 10 years. Companies and organizations that are working on the international stage are starting to realise that working in or with foreign countries is not like working at home.

Cultural differences are causing obstacles to smooth, successful business relationships, dealings and ventures. People from managers, to sales personnel, to CEOs to HR staff are all now participating in intercultural training to help them become better at the their jobs.

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The Importance of Business Relationships in the Middle East

The Importance of Business Relationships in the Middle East

Intercultural Awareness

Intercultural awareness training is sometimes perceived as a luxury within the business world. Many who feel this way are also proponents of the misconception that because the "world is getting smaller" our differences are becoming less obvious and less of a problem. This is in fact false. As we get closer, our differences become more acute and more of a problem thus further driving the need for intercultural awareness training.

Companies are now tuning into the fact that in order to get ahead in today's global economy, cultural awareness is critical. It is no longer a luxury but a necessity. The right intercultural awareness training briefing can offer a company real benefits, namely a competitive advantage and a greater long term gain.

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Approaches to Cultural Awareness Training

Approaches to Cultural Awareness Training

There are many approaches to training. Some sum these up as 'heavy' and 'light' approaches. What does this mean and how does it apply to business training?

Well, cultural awareness training (or any other training in fact) is a little like body building – one needs to know what their mind and body is capable of, what it enjoys and then set realistic goals for achieving that perfect body. From there you can either work with a personal trainer or look into how to balance both heavy and light approaches to training yourself. Heavy training in this sense being your body building, and light being more about CV and muscular work.

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The Role of Cultural Differences in Autism

The Role of Cultural Differences in Autism

When learning about culture, really we are learning to look beyond surface deep. Cutural awareness you could argue is about possibilities not limits.

It is this very same thinking picked up by a piece in Scientific American entitled, "How Cultural Differences Affect Autism Diagnoses".

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15 Corporate Training Predictions for 2015

15 Corporate Training Predictions for 2015

For those of you who follow our social media accounts, you would have come across our 15 predictions about business & corporate training for 2015. For those that missed them - this is for you!

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany Today

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany Today

Understanding a country's past helps you understand its present. Kathinka gives her viewpoint on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; a physical and symbolic wall that shaped the Cold War and today still influences German culture.

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