The Blog for Culture Vultures

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.
When I'm not hanging out in the beautiful sunshine of Africa, you will find me here sharing content about culture - you'll soon see why I'm called the Culture Vulture.

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?

Exploring what people in a country do or how they behave is a great way of learning more about their culture.

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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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8 Bonkers Aspects of the British Communication Style

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The British communication style can be tricky for some foreigners.

Their complex use of indirect messages, suggestion and insinuation can be confusing – in fact, it can drive you bonkers!

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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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3 Best Netflix Shows to Help You Learn About Indian Culture

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Are you interested in Indian culture? Want to learn more?

Watching Indian TV shows is a fantastic way of learning about the culture, so we’ve found the best 3 on Netflix for you!

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10 Wonderfully Weird Things About Thai Culture

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Every culture behaves in certain ways that can seem weird and wonderful to the outsider.

By way of exploring Thai culture, in this blog we’re going to be looking at some of the stranger aspects of life in Thailand.

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What Can Google Search Teach Us About Indian Culture?

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Google Search Engine data provides a fantastic window into the cultures of different countries by giving us insights into popular online searches.

By understanding what people within that country or culture are searching for, we can start to appreciate the topics and concerns that bind them together.

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Cultural Differences When Working with Indians

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Do you work with or do business with Indians? Do you sometimes find it confusing?

Well, believe us you're not the first or the last.

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What Behaviours are Rude in the Middle East?

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If you’re travelling to the Middle East on business, and want to make a good impression, then it’s important you understand behaviours which are considered rude – or even taboo.

The Middle East is a large region, made up of many different countries – and hence cultures.

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Practical Tips on Business Meetings in Chinese Culture

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Doing business in China? Then you'll be attending lots of meetings!

If you’re attending meetings in China, then it’s important to understand a little about Chinese culture and how meetings are run.

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The Powerful Impact of Culture on your Export Success

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Over the past 15 years a continuous theme, which has never ceased to amaze us, has been the way in which businesses significantly underestimate the impact of cultural differences.

It typically takes something to go wrong before stakeholders take notice.

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How Do Businesses Negotiate in Saudi Arabia?

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Imagine that you’re presented with an unfamiliar board game and told to play it.

Unfortunately, you don’t understand the rules and irritate the other players by making mistakes and getting things wrong.

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What Behaviours are Bad Manners in British Culture?

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Overall, British society tends to be quite relaxed about most things.

However, with a certain way of doing things and an emphasis on manners, Brits can become quite irritated with people who fall short of expectations.

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What is the Business Negotiation Culture in the USA?

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Imagine you’ve been asked to play an unfamiliar board game and that you’re instructed to play it without any understanding of the rules.

You soon begin to irritate other players by making mistakes and getting things wrong and, after a while, the game becomes a stressful and confusing experience.

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How Does Islam Impact Doing Business in the Middle East?

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Are you new to doing business with the Middle East? Understanding the local culture is critical if you want to succeed.

In order to truly understand the locals, then you need to understand Islam and its influence on, not only the culture, but how business gets done.

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What’s the Business Culture Like in Japan?

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If you’re off to Japan for business or working with the Japanese, then it’s important to understand the business culture as this will help you put your best foot forward!

In this blog we'll be taking a glimpse into the unique Japanese business environment and explore some tips for foreigners doing business with the Japanese.

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