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This website will help you deal successfully with different cultures and increase your competitiveness in the global market: discover how to develop your cultural skills.

The psychology of culture

My friend and colleague Fernando Lanzer recently delivered an interesting speech about cultural differences and the psychology of cultures, for TED. In the video Fernando explains in a lively way the five most important dilemmas that every culture shares and with the help of professor Geert Hofstede model and many examples illustrates important consequences of […]

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Building global business: the Culture Factor

The first CultureFactor event received over 120 participants from 9 countries on Friday November 7th. We would like to thank every one of them. A special thanks goes out to our organizing partner, CEGOC Portugal.  The topic of the conference was Building Global Business, the Culture Factor. The main question addressed was: What made small […]

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Italian pharmaceutical industry growing abroad

One of the sectors growing abroad is pharmaceuticals, where both structured companies and new Italian start-ups are increasing their market outside Italy. Which are the reason for these results? The numbers speak of a steady growth even in the recession we are experiencing, so much so that Italian pharmaceutical is now well established abroad, showing […]

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Giving feedback in different cultures

Managers in different parts of the world are conditioned to give feedback in drastically different ways. The Chinese manager learns never to criticize a colleague openly or in front of others, while the Dutch manager learns always to be honest and to give the message straight. Americans are trained to wrap positive messages around negative […]

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Leading Across Cultures: Learn to Adapt Your Style

Erin Meyer is the author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business.  Affiliate Professor in the Organisational Behaviour Department at INSEAD Erin specialises in the field of Cross-Cultural Management, Intercultural Negotiations, and Multi-Cultural Leadership.

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Why your global team can’t collaborate

An interesting article published by Forbes, written by Carol Kinsey Goman, international keynote speaker for business organizations, government agencies and professional associations. Carol interviews Karine Schomer about problems that can arise when multicultural teams are at work and suggests the best solutions to overcome cultural differences, for instance in planning and global collaboration. Read the […]

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Italy and Japan: cultural differences at work

Italy and Japan are two countries with very marked cultural differences, both in social and work life. It’s therefore necessary to carefully analyze these differences to reach a better understanding of Japanese behavior at work. Here two examples: the exchange of business cards and the so-called ring system. The possibility of misunderstanding or dislike due […]

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Geert Hofstede’s book presentation at “Culture, Organizations and Performance” Conference

  On October 27, at LUISS Business School in Rome, was presented the Italian version of the book by Professor Hofstede, “Cultures and Organizations”, edited and translated by Anna Paola Simonetti of Itim Italy and published by Franco Angeli. In her speech, dedicated to “Cultivate cultural intelligence: the interplay of emotions, perceptions and actions in […]

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Claudio Storelli’s story of success and Wayne Rooney’s helmet

The success of an Italian in a foreign land is a great satisfaction but at the same time hides a bit of sadness because Italy wasn’t able to keep a smart mind. Here the story of Claudio Storelli, 31, founder in USA of Storelli Sports, a company that deals with special clothing for football players, […]

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Different cultures at work: how to ensure safety and health

In recent years, the proportion of migrant workers within the European Union increased considerably and many workplaces therefore are now culturally different. It’s more and more important to deal with cultural differences in order to avoid misunderstandings due to poor communication, which reduces work conditions quality of and thus leading to a rapid staff turnover. […]

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