Here is an example of how difficult it’s to move to a different cultural context, even if it isn’t that far and exotic. A few years ago, an important Dutch multinational company decided to move its European headquarters and personnel from the Netherlands to Belgium.
Working in the global village companies and organizations very often find extremely difficult managing their business because of the cultural differences they encounter. Negotiating, cooperating, managing human resources and building relationships highlights many different aspects in the way we communicate, organize work and lead a group of collaborators…
The film “Monsieur Lazhard” by Philippe Falardeau is the “adventure “of an Algerian teacher (Mr. Lazhard) and his Canadian pupils in the snowy city of Montreal. The cultural differences become evident as soon as Lazhard begins his lectures. To his surprise the children do not hesitate to contradict him and make aloud comments. And the […]
Managing in an intercultural environment is a complicated issue, requiring a lot more than a list of do’s and don’ts. What international managers need is a general conceptual framework which can help them to understand how, on average, people from different nations view and solve basic problems. Geert Hofstede,