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How Cultural Differences Impact Interior Design

How Cultural Differences Impact Interior Design

Whether we know it or not, culture impacts almost everything we do. Within business, one should always be aware of cultural differences. Yes, even within interior design!


When thinking about cultural differences, interior design might not be the first area of business that comes to mind.

However, in a great article on Prime Resi, Joe Burns explains that luxury homes will only meet the client’s wishes if the designer knows the ins and outs of their culture.

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Cultural Differences in Values and the Ways We Work

Cultural Differences in Values and the Ways We Work

If you work cross-culturally, whether abroad or at home, chances are you have found yourself in a situation whereby you find yourself a little lost with the way people work and/or behave. Sometimes, this comes down to culture - i.e. differences in values and how this translates into the way someone carries themselves at work.

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How Culture Impacts Company Security

How Culture Impacts Company Security

On our blog we love to look at different takes on cultural differences. Understanding culture and how it impacts your business isnt just about dos and dont's. It is SO much more and this little piece on culture and security highlights nicely how culture impacts pretty much everything we do from handshakes to security fences.

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Cultural Differences in People come from Farming Methods

Cultural Differences in People come from Farming Methods

According to new research, the cultural divide between the West and the East can be explained by the type of farming methods used between the regions. As rice requires more human labour, researchers say it’s no wonder that people in the East are more interdependent.

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
In 2001, the UN General Assembly declared May 21st to the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development due to UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in the same year. This day is dedicated to enhance our understanding of values of cultural divergence and raise awareness for cultural differences for a better collaboration around the world.
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Cultural Differences in Facial Expressions

Cultural Differences in Facial Expressions

Recent studies on facial expressions have destroyed any suggestions that facial expressions convey the same emotions or meanings all over the world.

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Celebrating Easter Around the World

Celebrating Easter Around the World

Easter is nearly upon us and will be celebrated across the world! Here in the UK we have seen chocolate eggs of all sorts on our market shelves for weeks. However, Easter is not celebrated the same way everywhere in the world. Some countries have their own traditions and some, believe it or not, dont have chocolate eggs!

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DVDs on Cultural Awareness When Working Abroad

DVDs on Cultural Awareness When Working Abroad

Are you going on a business trip and wondering about the cultural etiquette of the country? Are you working with international counterparts from a specific country and encountering some issues related to communication, relationship building or management?  

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Watching Cultural Differences at the Airport

Watching Cultural Differences at the Airport

Chances are you have been to an airport at least once in your life: thus, the fact that airports can be characterised as culturally diverse places is probably nothing new to you. Of course, airport staff should be prepared to cope with people from all over the world. But how should they handle all these different cultures?

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10 Culturally Different Valentine's Celebrations From Around the Globe

10 Culturally Different Valentine's Celebrations From Around the Globe
Have you ever wondered how other cultures celebrate Valentine’s Day? Does everyone give gifts? Is it always celebrated by couples, or do some cultures celebrate with family? What about special unique traditions, they must differ from country to country? Do some countries celebrate Valentine’s at all?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cultural Differences in Raising Children

Cultural Differences in Raising Children
We focus a lot on this website about cultural differences in business; however for us it's all about culture and understanding that culture influences who we are and what we do. Only when you understand your own "self" and the cultural programming your have received, can you move towards understanding the "other".
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Online Retail: Cultural Differences in e-Commerce and e-Retail

Online Retail: Cultural Differences in e-Commerce and e-Retail

As the retail market continues to suffer under the crippling effects of the current financial crisis, retailers (especially in the UK) are turning to new strategies to expand their businesses - export and international sales through online commerce.

How many though have considered the impact of cultural differences on the chances of their success?

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