Intercultural Competence

In the age of globalization, managers and other employees require intercultural competence. How do you deal with people from different cultural backgrounds? What are the dos and don’ts of etiquette? Learn how to avoid putting your foot in your mouth when working in, or with people from, different cultures.

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Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld

The New York Times, 8/2015

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Intercultural Competence

Once you take your business across domestic borders, it’s literally and figuratively a whole, new world out there. Conducting business in a foreign nation often means exposing yourself to a strange language, distinctive customs and a different value system. Effective cross-cultural communication is critical in establishing a successful global business. Learning about other cultures, however, requires a concerted effort. Sure, you can scour the Internet for information – or you can save valuable time and effort by exploring the summaries in our intercultural competence category. getAbstract will help you understand the disparate rules of etiquette you’re likely to encounter in other societies. You’ll learn about acceptable styles of dress and why certain greetings and gestures common in the U.S. may be offensive elsewhere. Our summaries will explain how the relationship between managers and employees in Japan or China, for instance, is different than in America. Intercultural competency is certainly mandatory for executives representing their firms overseas.

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Doing business in a foreign land also means obeying the law and being subjected to new rules, regulations and statutes. getAbstract will offer advice for protecting yourself legally and how to enlist the services of qualified local legal professionals. Running a business is demanding, even under optimal circumstances. But operating in a foreign country brings a unique set of challenges. How do you devise an effective advertising and marketing campaign? What screening processes must you employ to ensure that you are hiring the best local talent? Even just a few minutes spent with getAbstract will boost your intercultural competence IQ.