17 Aug 2016

Handwriting ‘Accents’: How We Write Reveals Our Cultural Identity

Believe it or not, the way in which we form our letters can often help identify our culture of origin and even our mother tongue. Although we may achieve a high level of fluency in another language, it’s surprisingly hard […]

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09 May 2016

How to Negotiate Between Cultures with Different Cultural Values

We’re all informed by the cultural values we’ve been immersed in. These cultural values tend to determine our core beliefs and regulate our behaviour. They dictate what we think is right and wrong, socially acceptable or unacceptable, what embarrasses us […]

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03 May 2016

Coping with Culture Shock: The Five Stages

Culture shock is something that tends to be joked about but it’s a real phenomenon and one that can have a deep impact on people suffering from it. From a business perspective, culture shock can be an issue of real […]

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23 Feb 2016

The Challenge of Disproportionate Language Representation Online

The Internet is humanity’s biggest ever repository of information, an enabler of communication between people across the globe and a way to access education, participate and change the world. But over 4 billion people have yet to access this colossal […]

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11 Feb 2016

Naming Conventions Around the World

The concept of naming varies greatly around the world. The western European and North American notion of a person keeping one first name throughout their life isn’t reflected in the naming practices of other cultures. How people introduce themselves, expect […]

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01 Feb 2016

The Disruptive Effect of Chinese New Year

If you’re doing any business in Asia, you can’t fail to be aware of Chinese New Year which is being celebrated on the 8th February. This huge event is celebrated in China and beyond, including countries such as Thailand, Malaysia […]

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26 Jan 2016

Legal Considerations of Chinese Joint Ventures

Doing business in China is notoriously difficult and hazardous and as a result, many western multi-nationals opt for a joint venture with a local Chinese company. A joint venture (JV) is a specific business arrangement where the parties combine, usually […]

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13 Jan 2016

The Battle for India’s eCommerce Market

It’s perhaps no wonder that major vendors are battling to dominate Indian eCommerce: this market could be worth $60 billion by 2020. Three major players, and a host of minor ones, are jockeying for position in Indian e-tail as the […]

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18 Nov 2015

Practical Cultural Advice for Doing Business Abroad

The internet was recently entranced with the observations of a 66-year old American visitor on his visits to the UK. Among gems such as ‘avoid British wine and French beer’ he posted to Facebook, he also gave Americans visiting the […]

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11 Nov 2015

The Art of the Meeting

Meetings can be a real drain on productivity and a barrier to getting anything done. In this article we’ll explore some new and innovative ways that modern organisations are using to make this time count and stop meetings becoming an […]

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