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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.

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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Saudi Arabia Plans New City to Overcome Cultural Differences

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Saudi Arabia has a wealth of strategic opportunities, characterised by a favourable geographical position and an abundance of natural resources.

It has the potential to become the ‘next big thing’ in the Middle East and to build economic streams which are not oil dependent, as outlined in its ambitious ‘2030 Vision’.

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Dealing with Conflict in Iranian Culture

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Every culture has its approach to conflict.

In this blog we’ll be exploring Iranian culture and how the people approach conflict, communication and resolution.

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Has Saudi Arabia Ended Gender Segregation in Restaurants?

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Did you know that Saudi Arabia segregates people at restaurants according to gender?

Yes, it’s true, but the internet and media have been buzzing with news that the country has stopped the practice.

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Why do Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai People Wear Surgical Masks?

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Ever wondered why in some parts of the world people wear masks?

We are often asked by people to travelling to Japan, China, Korea and Thailand why it is so common.

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What are the Most Common Expatriate Relocation Concerns?

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Relocating overseas can be a huge deal for expats and their families.

Where the target country encompasses a similar culture, for example, a move from the USA to the UK, then the expat might be a little less concerned about the move.

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What is the Negotiation Style in India?

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Want to learn more about negotiations in India?

Then this is the blog for you! We'll be giving you some fantastic insights into the Indian negotiation style and how you might need to adapt your approach.

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10 Definitions of Intercultural Competence

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‘Intercultural Competence’ is a term often used within the diversity, inclusion and cultural training fields.

What does it actually mean? Is there is an agreed definition?

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Mianzi – The Concept of Face in Chinese Culture

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Do you work with the Chinese?

Then you really need to get to grasp with the importance of face – mianzi – in Chinese culture.

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9 Fascinating Insights into Japanese Culture

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Does Japanese culture fascinate you?

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Safeguarding Expatriate Employees Moving Abroad

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Companies must do more to safeguard expatriate employees.

The majority of companies sending expatriates on overseas assignments jeopardise the safety of their employees.

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Saudi Arabia Brands Feminists, Atheists and Homosexuals as 'Extremists'

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Be warned! Saudi Arabia is a confusing and contradictory place at the moment.

If you’re involved in doing business in Saudi Arabia, then you need to be aware of some of the current changes taking place at a cultural level.

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Fatalism in Iranian Culture

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Work with Iranians or doing business in Iran?

Learning about another culture is much more than learning about dos and donts; it’s about understanding their values and their mindset.

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