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So Sochi: Spotlight on Russian Culture

So Sochi: Spotlight on Russian Culture

The winter Olympics have just started in Sochi and Russia expects a lot from it as the Olympic Games always represent the opportunity to shine in the world. The international attention that this event draws to 'the Motherland' will be an excellent opportunity to share some of its culture.

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Musings from the 2014 Corporate Relocation Conference & Exhibition

Musings from the 2014 Corporate Relocation Conference & Exhibition

The 18th annual Corporate Relocation Conference and Exhibition took place on the 3rd of February this year, in London. We attended the conference to gain further insight about the latest discussions in the field of global mobility.

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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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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

Have you heard those nightmare stories of foreigners working abroad and causing offence?

Well, strap yourself in because this is one hell of a tale!

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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Putting the People Back into Global Mobility

Putting the People Back into Global Mobility

Most of the reputable global relocation companies conduct annual surveys whereby they gather data on global mobility trends in international companies. Plus Relocation – a company operating in corporate relocation for the past 40 years, just published the results of their Planning for International Mobility Survey.

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Why Multilingual Leadership is Needed Today

Why Multilingual Leadership is Needed Today
Last week, Triple Pundit published an interview with impact investment expert Jed Emerson. Here, Emerson explains why multilingual leadership is important for those involved in this field.
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10 Facts Every Manager of a Multicultural Team Should Remember

10 Facts Every Manager of a Multicultural Team Should Remember

As a team manager leading a multicultural team, you go through the stages of team development perhaps a bit longer than when working with most monocultural teams.

When you feel you’ve had enough of battling the cultural differences, and that you just want to call it a day, don’t despair – keep in mind that due to the diversity, the ups and downs feel extreme however in the end, there is simply much more to gain.

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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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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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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 on business?

 

Whether you're travelling to the UAE or Saudi Arabia, no matter where you go for work in the Middle East,Middle East, 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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