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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.

Intercultural Communication Taught to Engineers is Behind the Times

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Being able to communicate and collaborate across cultures is crucial for many of today’s professions; engineers included.

However, a Japanese-led research team suggests that the intercultural communication skills being taught to today’s engineers are not fit for purpose.

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How Lack of Cultural Awareness Can Cost A Business Big

How Lack of Cultural Awareness Can Cost A Business Big

Has globalisation led to a homogenity of culture when it comes to product, marketing, sales and service?

Or have our cultural differences actually become more acute?

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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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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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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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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 Dexterity: The Key to Business Success in Ghana

Cultural Dexterity: The Key to Business Success in Ghana
All week, in Ghana, we have reached out to a broad spectrum of successful  Ghanaian businessmen to help determine how they have managed to attain success.  Our meetings focused on hearing their experiences, their challenges, as well as their formula for breaking out of the crowd.
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Business Etiquette in Ghana

Business Etiquette in Ghana

Based on my experiences of organising business meetings in Ghana, of which I wrote about in yesterday's blog post, I am going to elaborate on business etiquette in general, with the hope to give a few more insights, explanations and tips for doing business in Ghana.

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Business in Ghana: “There’s no food for a lazy man”

Business in Ghana: “There’s no food for a lazy man”

“There’s no food for a lazy man”; a common saying displayed all over Accra, and one heard too. In Ghana there are many proverbs to illustrate the values of Ghanaian people, and this one just stood out today (first day here!).

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Active Listening: Cross-Cultural Business Communication Skills

Active Listening: Cross-Cultural Business Communication Skills

Active listening is a communication skill crucial to doing cross-cultural business.

As a skill, it requires the listener to become attuned with the speaker in order to confirm what they have heard and moreover, to confirm the understanding of both parties.

This active engagement may differ across cultures...

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Emerging Markets drive growth in Retail and Luxury Goods Sector

Emerging Markets drive growth in Retail and Luxury Goods Sector

Good news. The European luxury goods sector will continue to grow over the next five years thanks to emerging markets. So what does this mean in terms of business, language, culture and translation? How can luxury brands capitalise?

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How Cultural Perspective impacts Global Mergers and Acquisitions

How Cultural Perspective impacts Global Mergers and Acquisitions

Different perspectives = different priorities. This is true of anything in life and especially in global business.

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Shopping, Global Retail and Local Culture

Shopping, Global Retail and Local Culture
Have you ever thought about the link between culture and retail? One of the first things I like to do when I go into a different country is go check out the local supermarket.
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Food and Drink Export: Research Cultural Differences for Marketing Strategy

Food and Drink Export: Research Cultural Differences for Marketing Strategy
Exporting food? Beware of cultural differences and always carry out research on consumer, retail and shopping habits say the experts.
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Culture at Work - The Value of Intercultural Skills

Culture at Work - The Value of Intercultural Skills

A report undertaken by Ipsos called "Culture at Work" throws some interesting light on intercultural skills in the international workplace.

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U.S. Companies struggle with German Cultural Differences

U.S. Companies struggle with German Cultural Differences

Doing business internationally and/or outside your own country is exciting and much of the time fruitful.

However, international business is not always a bed of roses as American companies starting up in Germany seem to be finding out.

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Drilling for Cultural Fuel

Drilling for Cultural Fuel

One of the best aspects of my work is getting to know how different industries work internally, and especially what their take is on training their employees. Being able to meet different HR, L&D and Training Managers and speak to them about their work is eye opening. In my last visit to Paris, a certain company really grabbed my attention in terms of their proactivity and dedication to training.

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Civil Engineer helps Construction Industry Go Global

Civil Engineer helps Construction Industry Go Global
Ever thought of going global with your design or construction company? You might run into problems you didn’t expect to occur. Here are a few tips on how to realise your global ambitions as smooth as possible!
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