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Let’s face it, the world isn’t flat. Cultural intelligence is becoming an increasingly important asset for any businessperson. Beyond obtaining cultural intelligence, today’s businessperson must also manage cross-cultural relationships. We are focused on how culture affects global business. We collaborate with  professionals and experts to create multimedia content devoted to helping you find your way—wherever the winds take you.



M&A »


M&A Synergies Framework—Introduction
Companies pursue mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in hopes of realizing synergies from the successful combination of two or more business organizations. Synergies are the advantages resulting from M&A that make the combined organizations more...
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M&A Synergies Framework—Communication
Clear communication between merging companies is critical to M&A success. Communication extends far beyond agreements and meetings with top-level management. Communication involves planning and determining effective ways to help all levels of...
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M&A Synergies Framework—Behavior
The way people react to their company merging with another company depends on personal characteristics and values.  Significant resistance and opposition can occur simply because of change and the way the change is viewed or introduced....
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M&A Synergies Framework—Management
A merger leads to many difficult management decisions. Successfully leading an organization through a transition requires management to understand that cultural preferences dictate which leadership styles will be most effective. A merger has more...
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M&A Synergies Framework—Environment
Merging with a company in a different country requires an understanding of the regulatory environment, logistics and infrastructure.  However, one often overlooked obstacle to overcome for a successful merger is gaining the public’s acceptance. ...
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Corporate Structure »


Chinese Ownership: It can be a bit of a mixed bag...
From Marco Polo's reports of Chinese grandeur to naval dominance under Zheng He, tales of the vaunted Middle Kingdom have fascinated and tantalized merchants from far-flung nations. While today's China differs from its past iterations in many...
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Chinese Business Groups
Introduction Though many professionals and investors are familiar with the Japanese keiretsu or the South Korean chaebol, fewer are familiar with Chinese qiyejituan (business groups). While they have received less attention (to date) than their...
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China's National Champions: Demystifying China's Stodgily Operated Entities
When Mao Zedong and the Communist Party of China (CPC) declared victory over Chiang Kai-shek and the Nationalists in 1949, the People's Republic of China (PRC) that emerged bore the scars of Japanese invasion and two decades of civil war. In that...
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Hindu Undivided Families
For the most part, businesses in India look a lot like businesses in the United States. General partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships all exist, although some go by different names. One unique structure...
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Country Quirks »


Saudi Arabia - Can You Show Me the Ladies’ Room?
Most people are aware that women’s choices and opportunities are comparatively constrained in Saudi Arabia due to a strict interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism. However, in addition to enacting economic reforms, crown prince Mohammed bin...
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The Swedish Fika
Americans are obsessed with productivity. From self-help books to TED Talks, we find ourselves searching for ways to work longer and more efficiently. While diligence and efficiency are hallmarks of great professionals, are we missing something? Is...
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Lifetime Employment in Japan
A Manifestation of Collectivism Japan is ranked as a collectivist culture by the well-known Hofstede Insights group, putting it at the opposite end of the spectrum from generally individualistic Western cultures. This measure is a product of the...
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The Indian Nod - Yes, No, Maybe So
In the United States, we don’t use head movement in our gestures very much. In India, however, head movement conveys important information. The most unfamiliar movement to foreigners is the Indian nod, or the Indian “head bobble.” To perform an...
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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: The Brazilian Jeitinho
Whether in business, government, or their personal lives, Brazilians have a knack for getting around difficult situations. They do this so often that there is even a word in Portuguese to describe it—jeitinho. Jeitinho literally means “little way”...
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Podcasts »


When Yes Means No – Asian Cultures with Edward King
Working abroad with Asian cultures? Listen as Edward King shares his knowledge about working in Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Find out why in Asian culture “Yes” sometimes means “No,” and how to determine what answer is actually being...
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Working Around the World – Aric Johnstone in Australia
Join us on a cultural journey from San Francisco to London to Brisbane. Aric Johnstone describes what it is like to be an American working with and managing culturally-diverse teams in Australia and the United Kingdom. Join us as he shares his...
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From England to America – Simon Greathead, a Brit Living in America
Have you ever wondered how it feels to be a foreigner living in America? In this episode we interview Simon Greathead, a native Englishman living and working in the United States. Learn his perspective of American culture and how it differs from his ...
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James Jeffs – Don’t Leave Before the Boss…
From getting hired to repatriating, James Jeffs shares his experiences from 16 years of working in Hong Kong. Join us as we delve into topics like how Hong Kong is more British than you think, the importance of using precise language when working...
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Saving Face: Doing Business in Southeast Asia
Meet Veasna Neang, a Cambodian educated in the United States, who developed his career in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. He tells us why a student would rather unzip his own pants than tell a teacher his fly is open and why doing business...
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