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Satiate your inner Culture Vulture with regular news and posts about cultural awareness, doing business abroad, working in a multicultural environment, HR diversity and global mobility.

The Link Between Cultural Conflicts and Workplace Creativity

The Link Between Cultural Conflicts and Workplace Creativity
Conflicts are never beneficial for a working environment – cultural conflicts are one of many challenges that need to be avoided at all costs. A recent study, however, revealed that avoiding cultural clashes in the workplace does not only result in a more peaceful environment, but can aid the creative process within companies as well.
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When Cultural Ignorance becomes a Costly Mess

When Cultural Ignorance becomes a Costly Mess

Case studies from real business life are always the most powerful of ways to highlight the importance of local knowledge and cultural awareness for those operating in foreign countries. Often ignored or undervalued, this lack of sensitivity can sometimes have messy outcomes.

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New App to Give Insight into Swazi Language and Culture

New App to Give Insight into Swazi Language and Culture
Always wanted to know more about the Swazi language and culture but found plane tickets a tad too expensive? With the new SiSwApp that is to be launched in February next year, the culture of the beautiful African country will unfold itself before your very eyes!
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Cultural Differences and Problem Solving: An Interview with Jerome Vadon

Cultural Differences and Problem Solving: An Interview with Jerome Vadon

You may have seen this amazing graphic going viral in the past couple of days. How did such a simple and funny representation of stereotype become viral so quickly? To find out more, we interviewed it’s creator – Jerome Vadon.

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Cultural Awareness Lessons Learnt Living Abroad

Cultural Awareness Lessons Learnt Living Abroad
Students and graduates, pack your bags! Studying or working abroad is not only an experience of a lifetime, the lessons you learn when you spend time in another country might benefit you later in life as well. Fiona Timba explains why every UK citizen should exchange the British Isles for the European main land once in their lives.
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Cultural Awareness and Maps: How to Offend a Nation in One Map

Cultural Awareness and Maps: How to Offend a Nation in One Map

Maps are a great source of information – but they can also become points of contention as maps, by their very nature, draw political, cultural and historical boundaries. When these boundaries are incorrect it can lead to negative consequences.

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HR Departments are Key to a Multicultural Workplace

HR Departments are Key to a Multicultural Workplace
According to a new study, not enough organisations regard a culturally diverse work force as a top priority. As having employees from different countries and cultures can benefit an organisation greatly, experts are urging Human Resource departments to take action!
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Understanding the Culture is Key to Successful Business in India

Understanding the Culture is Key to Successful Business in India

Global Real Estate advisor Jones Lang LaSalle have carried out some research into the difficulties that can be encountered by western companies when they enter the Indian market. The result? Cultural differences are a major obstacle.

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Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Marketing - A New Approach to Marketing

Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Marketing - A New Approach to Marketing
A number of American marketing and advertising companies have come together to start a new organization that aims to encourage cross-cultural marketing: a sign of changing directions and prioritizations within the marketing world perhaps?
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50 Foreign Faux to Keep you out of Trouble when Travelling Abroad

50 Foreign Faux to Keep you out of Trouble when Travelling Abroad
Travel by its very nature means meeting and living with people from different cultures; and with cultures coming together there will always be differences in the way we do things. By way of highlighting this, the insurers Insure and Away have compiled a rather cool infographic of 50 Foreign Faux Pas to help keep you out of trouble!
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Business Etiquette Apps: The Top Ten

Business Etiquette Apps: The Top Ten

Do you travel abroad for work? Want to make sure you're holding your fork correctly, saying the right things and giving a good impression? Then check out these ten apps for international etiquette.

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Cultural Differences. All in the Brain?

Cultural Differences. All in the Brain?
By now, readers of this blog should be well aware of the fact that there are cultural differences between people. But where do these differences come from? Nature or nurture?
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Cultural Awareness Training helps US Army Cadets Build Bridges

Cultural Awareness Training helps US Army Cadets Build Bridges
Cultural awareness is important in today's day and age. Businesses, government bodies, the third sector and public services all realise the need to understand and embrace cultural diversity at many levels. The military is no exception; as illustrated by the US Army, cultural awareness training is reaping rewards.
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Cultural Differences Challenge Standardisation of Ecommerce Payment Methods in Europe

Cultural Differences Challenge Standardisation of Ecommerce Payment Methods in Europe
This July, the European Union will present new rules to encourage a Single European Payments Area. However, cultural and regulatory differences prove to pose challenges for the EU executives involved.
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Workplace Bullying & Cultural Differences

Workplace Bullying & Cultural Differences
According to a new global study about workplace bullying, bullying bosses are more accepted in Anglo countries such as the U.S. or the U.K than they are in many other countries. The study was recently published in the Journal or Business Research and is co-authored by Nikos Bozionelos, who is a Professor at the Audencia Nantes School of Management. The research also revealed that the kindest bosses reside in Latin America.
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Cultural Awareness Key to Global Ecommerce Marketing

Cultural Awareness Key to Global Ecommerce Marketing
E-commerce companies that wish to go international need to focus on cultural awareness as part of their global marketing and sales strategies. Not enough companies are applying localisation at every level, leaving gaps in their global goals.
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Ramadan: The Business of Fasting

Ramadan: The Business of Fasting

Did you know Ramadan changes every year? It is not always on the same date like Christmas or New Year. That is because the Islamic calendar is lunar. Whenever Ramadan starts millions of working men and women from Morocco to Saudi Arabia to Indonesia will be fasting from dawn till dusk as of next week. Life changes for 30 days inevitably having an impact on business.

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Doing Business in Nigeria: It's all about Face Time

Doing Business in Nigeria: It's all about Face Time
If you were planning on taking your business to the Nigerian market, you might want to prepare your staff for a trip to the African continent, as Nigerian merchants apparently favour real-life conversations over business talk via email.
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20 Must Know Arabic Words and Phrases for your Business Trip to the Arab World

20 Must Know Arabic Words and Phrases for your Business Trip to the Arab World

Travelling to the Middle East, The Gulf or Arab world on business?

No matter where in the world you go for work knowing a few words or phrases in the local language can break down barriers, build relationships and smooth the way to business success.

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Ghanaian Business Culture: Ghana Maybe Time

Ghanaian Business Culture: Ghana Maybe Time
During these past four days in Accra, we have often been asked what we make of Ghana – the culture, people, food, etc. It’s been an exciting and eye opening 4 days. Interestingly, one of the most surprising factors have been the traffic jams during rush hour and the extent to which these influence timeliness – we have experienced this ourselves on most days, so to avoid unnecessary frustrations, I have had to surrender to the traffic and simply go with the flow (and try not to inhale too many fumes!).
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