Intercultural Insights

The experience of each is the treasure of all” – Gérard de Nerval

What can we learn from Chinese thought?
After L’Esprit des Religions, Hesna Cailliau has attracted attention once again with the publication of the book Le paradoxe du poisson rouge – Une voie chinoise pour réussir, by Éditions Saint-...
Explaining tragic Greece to Lutheran Germany
For Angela Merkel, economic discipline – something incomprehensible to a typical Greek – is firmly rooted in the Protestant culture of the 16th century. That which Max Weber analysed so e...
New Year Greetings!
The Intercultural Insights team wish you a Happy Year of the Rooster and send our best wishes for your international success in the new year! If you haven’t caught the adventures of Archibald Wa...
Competition Law: An Intercultural Perspective
Olivier d’Ormesson, a lawyer specialising in competition law and a member of the French Competition Authority’s board, has analysed the requests for leniency submitted to the European Commission a...
Chinese Social Networks
Gaining a cultural understanding of the way the Chinese use the social networks is vital for any company selling their products in China. The Chinese digital industry The Chinese social networks (part...
Intercultural Management: The Inevitable Cultural Dimension
Occasionally, executive boards flirt with the crazy ambition of changing the culture of their employees. In the view of Jean Pautrot, Chairman of the Magellan International board, any study of culture...
Innovation of Korean Managers
This is the second part in our portrait of Korean companies. Following a general overview of the Korean management style and company culture, it’s now time to think outside the box as we meet ...
The Many Facets of the Korean Management Style
Eric Surdej’s book, Ils sont fous ces Coréens, provides a vital insight into the operating methods of the French subsidiary of one of the largest Korean chaebols, LG. In this insider’s tale, ...
International Perception of French Managers
National culture has a considerable influence on management styles. Understanding our reputation internationally, whether justified or not, can help us to be more effective in our dealings with collea...
Returning from living abroad
Monique Cumin shares her experience of returning from a period of expatriation and talks about the taboo of facing the “culture shock” in her own country. Flashback to 2009: after 10 year...
The Importance of Feng Shui in China
Feng Shui is serious business in China, and the workplace is no exception. Philippe Vigoureux, a leading intercultural consultant, shares a narrative that highlights the importance of understanding l...
Procurement in China
How should you go about procurement in China? There is no simple answer to this question, however one thing is certain: the ideas behind buying and selling differ greatly from one culture to another. ...
“I Chose France” – Ross McInnes
Ross McInnes, the Chairman of Safran’s Executive Board, kindly accepted our invitation to discuss his career. We talked about that all-important sense of belonging, which involves a “dual culture...
The Challenges of Long-Distance Management
Managing a team spread across several countries, several time zones and several cultures is something which has become increasingly common in companies. This requires an explicit communication style, ...
Franco-Chinese Joint-Ventures: An Impossible Dream?
Chloe Ascencio is a trainer and coach specialising in Chinese management and business culture. In her book Travailler avec les Chinois, she proposes 8 operational factors to ensure success when doin...
How to Successfully Negotiate in China
What if the success of a negotiation in China did not only depend on the signing of a contract? Philippe Vigoureux shares practical advice to help you succeed in China.
Intercultural Training for Business Growth
50% of international joint-venture failures are due to intercultural incomprehension and inability to grasp what is expected by others in specific situations.
Modern Asia: Tradition vs Progress
To what extent is the apparent “westernization” process in Asia simply a superficial outcome of modernization. Are people rejecting their traditional values?
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