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Happy Cross-Cultural Year 2018!
January 10, 2018
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The Akteos and Intercultural Insights teams wish you an happy cross-cultural and digital year 2018 and invite you for a new adventure
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How foreigners see the French
June 25, 2017
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French behaviour which often surprises “incomers” Being aware of the image others have of us is important, because through our behaviour foreigners will subconsciously seek confirmation of the stereotypes they have of us. Below, we have prepared a selection of comments expressed by foreign participants in our “Working with the French”, training sessions, beginning with […]
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Southeast Asian Business Culture – Anecdotes From Outside the Fishbowl
May 23, 2017
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An important step towards becoming a competent player in the international work environment is having a good understanding about one’s own culture. Like water to a fish, the influence of our own culture is often invisible to us. Getting an outsider’s perspective can help us to explore the waters we swim in and learn more […]
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Feedback and Culture
May 11, 2017
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  Feedback at work: a question of culture? Everyone agrees that feedback can be a valuable management tool, used to forge a relationship based on trust and confidence, to help staff develop (including the manager himself in many cases!) and to more easily reach their professional goals… But how many managers really take account of […]
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Are French and Americans arrogant?
February 16, 2017
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We’ve heard it over and over as fingers point across the Atlantic: THEY are so arrogant! When the topic comes up in intercultural trainings, people from other countries usually laugh and say: Both French and Americans are arrogant! What’s there to talk about? Beyond a fun but ultimately sterile debate over who is the most […]
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Modern Asia: Tradition vs Progress
November 17, 2016
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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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Franco-Chinese Joint-Ventures: An Impossible Dream?
June 9, 2016
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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 doing business in China. Below, she shares a few principles for successful joint-ventures between French and Chinese businesses. Contrasting Views of the ‘Joint-Venture’ The Chinese and French […]
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Procurement in China
May 26, 2016
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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. We are often tempted to go with the cheapest option, but have we given enough thought to what people’s true motivations […]
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Competition Law: An Intercultural Perspective
May 12, 2016
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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 and the French competition authorities. Here, he expresses his astonishment at the different reactions observed according to the nationalities in question. Interview with Olivier d’Ormesson Could you […]
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How to Successfully Negotiate in China
April 14, 2016
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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 when negotiating in China.
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The Importance of Feng Shui in China
February 4, 2016
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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 local beliefs before imposing your own. During my time in Shanghai I had a chance to meet the General Manager of the Chinese subsidiary of a major luxury […]
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“I Chose France” – Ross McInnes
January 21, 2016
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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” and about the French in the international environment. Would you like to tell us a little about the cultural context in which you began your career? […]
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International Perception of French Managers
November 26, 2015
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National culture has a considerable influence on management style. So, how are French managers viewed abroad? Let's discover the good, the bad and the ugly…
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French and American… can you be both at the same time?
November 12, 2015
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How do you combine being both French and American from an administrative, personal and cultural viewpoint? Administratively, it’s completely possible. Many of us have two passports, vote in both countries and declare our taxes in both countries! Two countries… Poles apart! So how does a Franco-American or an American-Frenchman find peace of mind in life […]
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The Volkswagen affair: an intercultural analysis
October 29, 2015
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The greatest automotive scandal ever erupted with the revelation of large-scale cheating by Volkswagen. We examine this from an intercultural viewpoint.
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What Churchill had to say about the French
October 8, 2015
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I would like to share with you some of Churchill’s thoughts about French culture. In a short guide intended to be used by British troops, specially written to prepare them for what they would find in France after the D-Day landings in 1944, Churchill gave a description of France at that time, of French society […]
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Innovation of Korean Managers
September 17, 2015
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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 KIM Hyung-seok, Bookpal’s astonishing chief executive. Innovation of Korean managers Since 2008, the seemingly endless crisis which has affected South Korea has seen the […]
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The Many Facets of the Korean Management Style
July 23, 2015
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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, sometimes tinged with disillusionment, the author makes the error of comparing the way LG operates to all Korean companies or even to all […]
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American Dynamism
July 9, 2015
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In L’Âme des Peuples, André Siegfried considers the future of the United States. He questions whether the “national ideology” still applies. Today, 65 years on, are we now able to answer his question? American culture American culture is a combination of numerous complex factors and is fast-changing. In the author’s view, it has not yet […]
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The fight against corruption in China
July 2, 2015
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The unexpected effects of the fight against corruption or “how to make profit on a bribe in China” … A true story! The following is the true story of something that happened to a European small business based in Shanghai. James was its managing director in China and was seeking to obtain permission to open […]