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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
The M&A Synergies Framework breaks down the keys to a successful combination of two or more business organizations....
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M&A Synergies Framework—Communication
Communication means more than just agreements and meetings with top-level management. Successful communication must reach all levels of the organization....
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M&A Synergies Framework—Behavior
Characteristics and values will contribute to the success or failure of each merger and acquisition. By understanding existing behavior, the M&A should promote change and manage behavior differently across cultural lines....
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M&A Synergies Framework—Management
Cultural preferences will dictate the leadership styles that will be most successful in each respective location. One must evaluate the needs of the cultures within the organization in order to lead effectively....
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M&A Synergies Framework—Environment
Each country will have different laws, logistics, and infrastructure that will impact the effect of the M&A. Understanding these differences will limit negative publicity and opposition to the merger....
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Corporate Structure »


Chinese Ownership: It can be a bit of a mixed bag...
Chinese business ownership can be difficult to determine because of government influences and unfamiliar patterns of direct and indirect ownership....
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Chinese Business Groups
Chinese qiyejituan (business groups) have had a profound impact on Chinese business and reflect many important aspects of Chinese culture....
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China's National Champions: Demystifying China's Stodgily Operated Entities
State-owned entities account for a major portion of China's economy, but their increased exposure to debt and corruption could threaten their feasibility moving forward....
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Hindu Undivided Families
Businesses in India look a lot like businesses in the USA. One unique structure that India’s culture has fostered is the Hindu Undivided Family, though its role may be changing....
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Country Quirks »


Saudi Arabia - Can You Show Me the Ladies’ Room?
In Saudi Arabia, casually assuming that a women’s restroom will be readily available could prove unwise....
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The Swedish Fika
Could a Swedish tradition hold the key to increasing employee morale and developing better teams?...
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Lifetime Employment in Japan
In Japan, the “in-group” of greatest importance is often found in the workplace....
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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....
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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...
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Podcasts »


S1E1: 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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S1E2: 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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S1E3: 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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S1E4: 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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S1E6: 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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