Country Quirks

  • The Chinese Social Credit System might seem like a large step in the right direction for Chinese officials. But, how will foreign investors react? Will ingrained cultural norms prove a deterrent?

  • The Chinese Social Credit System will reward compliant businesses and penalize outliers. This
    heavily incentivizes local businesses to jump through hoops. Just how different is this from American
    norms?

  • The Chinese Social Credit System is a pilot a program that rewards citizens for their behavior. The rewards make life convenient, but the consequences can appear extreme. Will it prove an effective incentive?

  • If you want to understand Koreans better, you should try kimchi. It’s deliciously representative of
    how Koreans express emotion, speak with higher context, and respect elders.

  • South Africa El Dorado

    For centuries, many excursionists and teams of adventurers traveled to South America in search of a land filled with gold, jewels, and other rare natural commodities. They claimed to be seeking a land called “El Dorado.” Many travelers attempted the journey, but few returned with noteworthy rewards. In hindsight, maybe someone should have told them …

  • Is buying local a priority to you? In the Nigerian oil industry, the Local Content Act makes the decision for you.

  • Brazil Street Art

    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.”

  • In the United States, we don’t use head movement in our gestures very much. In India, however, head movement conveys important information.

  • Could a Swedish tradition hold the key to increasing employee morale and developing better teams?

  • Saudi Arabia

    In Saudi Arabia, casually assuming that a women’s restroom will be readily available could prove unwise.