There is a common myth among Westerners that all Asian countries share the same ‘Asian values’, attitudes and approach to business. In past decades Asian politicians like Lee Kuan Yew, the father of Singapore, or Dr. Mahathir of Malaysia have[...]..
The number of Chinese students attending UK and US schools and colleges has risen dramatically over the past few years. Prestigious Western universities and schools have also formed strong partnerships with Chinese institutions, providing a platform for more and more[...]..
In this first part of this 2-part series, we looked at When Is Gift Giving Bribery In China Business? In this part, we look at the kind of gifts that are appropriate to give in a Chinese setting. The Chinese[...]..
Corporate Cultural Diplomacy (CCD) is not a phrase that trips easily off the tongue. It sounds very weighty and serious. But in fact, it’s a simple but sophisticated business tool that companies and organisations both large and small can use[...]..
Many Western businessmen new to China are advised of the importance of gift giving to Chinese culture, business or otherwise. But why is this so important to Chinese people? And how is giving a gift different to corruption or bribery?[...]..
One of the key aspects of doing business in other cultures, like those of Asia, is to know how to communicate well. It’s not only a question of language. It’s more like reading a different alphabet. Instead of relying on[...]..
I read somewhere recently that the best way to approach the differences of culture and etiquette in Asia between different countries, and to avoid confusion with Western cultural norms, is to group Asian countries under their primary means of eating:[...]..
Trust is the cornerstone of doing East-West business and public relations or PR is one of the most powerful tools to build and maintain trust required to do business between East and West. PR helps businesses to identify and understand[...]..
When asked about the biggest challenges they face in doing business in international markets, companies and business leaders often cite lack of cultural awareness and knowledge as being major obstacles to their success. And yet when the same leaders focus[...]..
Thought Leader can easily become a devalued term, especially when companies mass-produce content for their CEOs without really saying anything new or creative or disruptive. …But in fact real thought leaders do not call themselves such. The market decides if[...]..